Git & Mac: Working with Unicode filenames
I had some problems with Git and the file
spec/fixtures/ČeskýÁČĎÉĚÍŇÓŘŠŤÚŮÝŽáčďéěíňóřšťúůýž. After pulling the latest commits, it would show that file as untracked, but adding and committing it would throw
error: pathspec 'check in unicode fixture file once again' did not match any file(s) known to git.
Install Git version > 1.8.2 using homebrew and set
git config --global core.precomposeunicode true
According to the linked Stackoverflow post …
… the cause is the different implementation of how the filesystem stores the file name.
In Unicode, Ü can be represented in two ways, one is by Ü alone, the other is by U + "combining umlaut character". A Unicode string can contain both forms, but as it's confusing to have both, the file system normalizes the unicode string by setting every umlauted-U to Ü, or U + "combining umlaut character".
Linux uses the former method, called Normal-Form-Composed (or NFC), and Mac OS X uses the latter method, called Normal-Form-Decomposed (NFD).
Apparently Git doesn't care about this point and simply uses the byte sequence of the filename, which leads to the problem you're having.
Dominik 08.13: Currently, checking out branches still does not work for me.