I tried to clone a Git repository to a directory on a CIFS share and got this
Interrupted system call error:
$ git clone ssh://firstname.lastname@example.org/foobar.git Cloning into 'foobar'... remote: Enumerating objects: 5191, done. remote: Counting objects: 100% (5191/5191), done. remote: Compressing objects: 100% (638/638), done. remote: Total 53445 (delta 5032), reused 4549 (delta 4549), pack-reused 48254 Receiving objects: 100% (53445/53445), 38.63 MiB | 32.13 MiB/s, done. Resolving deltas: 100% (34833/34833), done. fatal: cannot create directory at 'src/models/': Interrupted system call warning: Clone succeeded, but checkout failed. You can inspect what was checked out with 'git status' and retry the checkout with 'git checkout -f HEAD'
Git indicated that the cloning succeeded, but when checking out a copy of the files to the filesytem the checkout failed. You can see that it recommends I do an explicit checkout, but that command too fails with the same error.
Diagnosing the problem, I observed that the same clone command works fine on a local filesystem, so CIFS played a role in the error. Also, the failing directory had a large binary file that was checked in using LFS.
Googling I found that the case sensitivity of the CIFS share might have played a role in the error. Older Windows filesystems were case-insensitive, so I checked whether Git was automatically switching to ignore case for the clone:
$ git config --get core.ignorecase true
I decided to flip this config:
$ git config core.ignorecase false
I was comfortable doing this because I knew that my repository did not have directories or files at the same level which only differed in case.
After doing the flip, I was able to successfully do the explicit checkout:
$ git checkout -f HEAD
Tried with: Ubuntu 18.04