An Error of 'failed to push some refs' when pushing to Remote repo from Local Machine

Posted June 8, 2017 4.4k views

I’m following this DO tutorial ‘Set Up Automatic Deployment with Git’. When trying to push to the Remote repo locally with the command:

git push live master

I receive:

Counting objects: 1195, done.
Delta compression using up to 8 threads.
Compressing objects: 100% (1064/1064), done.
error: failed to push some refs to 'ssh://USER@IP/var/repo/WEBSITE

I think it may be a problem with permissions as I had to use sudo in a couple of the steps or it is maybe a novice’s mistake. Any guidance to troubleshoot or a point in the right direction this would be greatly

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Copying this here from a stackoverflow answer..

“The user that’s pushing to the /var/repo/awesome_repo.git doesn’t has any permissions in that path and is an step not covered during the tutorial.

To solve this what I did was:

sudo chown -R gituser:gituser /var/repo/awesome_repo.git/

Replace the git_user with the username you use to push via ssh.”

This worked for me ^