Fix for the fatal error ‘early EOF’ on git clone

Recently I cloned a large remote git repository into my localhost, but failed and I got the error:

Cloning into 'D:\xampp\path\to\my\folder'...
POST git-upload-pack (350 bytes)
remote: Counting objects: 7544, done.
remote: Compressing objects: 100% (3985/3985), done.
fatal: early EOF
fatal: The remote end hung up unexpectedly
fatal: index-pack failed

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Conserve Your Keystrokes

I started this blog when I’ve read one of the write-ups by Scott Hanselman, a program manager at Microsoft, author and avid blogger and speaker. Visit his blog, hanselman.com, for more productivity tips.


Pulling a page from author and software developer Jon Udell, Hanselman encourages you to “conserve your keystrokes.” What does this mean? He explains by example:

If Brian emails me a really interesting question about ASP.net … and I send him back an exciting and long, five-paragraph with a code sample email that solves his problem, I just gave him the gift of 10,000 of my keystrokes. But there is a finite number of keystrokes left in my hands before I die, and I am never going to get those keystrokes back and I’ve just gifted them to Brian. And I don’t even know if he reads that email. So what should I do to multiply these keystrokes given that there is a finite number of those keystrokes left in my hands? I write a blog post and I mail him the link. Then after I’m dead, my keystrokes multiple—every time I get a page view that’s 5,000 keystrokes that I did not have to type.

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