Git: says origin already exists on "NEW" (init) repository, using shell but installed Github for Windows

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I'm the developer who put this in. Here's why I added this to the system gitconfig, it's pretty useful!

## Because of this change, git fetch knows about PRs git fetch  ## Now, I can merge PRs by number git merge origin/pr/24  ## See changes from PR #53 git diff master...origin/pr/53  ## Get the commit log from PR #25 git log origin/pr/25 

Unfortunately, this does have the consequence that the origin remote always exists, even when it doesn't.

Workaround

Whenever you see git remote add origin https://..., instead:

git remote set-url origin https://... 
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I've been running into the same issue, and I think I've figured it out finally. GitHub for windows installs a version of PortableGit in /Users/<username>/AppData/GitHub. In the PortableGit directory, under /etc, there's a gitconfig file. This is the system config. It defines "origin" and "upstream", presumably with defaults that are meaningful to GitHub.

I can't say for sure, but I started noticing this problem in the latest few updates of the GitHub for Windows client. Sadly, the release notes don't point to anything probative and the Windows client isn't open-source so it's hard to tell.

I've sent a message to their support address, so I'll update here if I hear anything back.

Edit: GitHub support responded saying this is a known issue and will be fixed soon.

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I simply deleted the origin section in %appdata%/Local/GitHub/PortableGit_.../etc/gitconfig and everything went back to normal - new repos act accordingly when I add remote origin to them, since they have none when they are created.

There might be side effects for this deletion, but so far I haven't ran into any trouble.

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