Git Commit db.lock error on every commit

While working on one of my projects I manually moved some files around and made some changes to the file structure. After doing this I and adding a new project I wanted to commit these new files and structure to Git, I then received this message:

“Git failed with a fatal error.error: open(".vs/XXXXXX/v15/Server/sqlite3/db.lock"): Permission denied fatal: Unable to process path .vs/XXXXXX/v15/Server/sqlite3/db.lock”

On the first time receiving this error I simply went to my .vs/XXXXXX/v15/Server/sqlite3 folder and deleted the db.lock file and committed my files to Git and it worked.

I continued with writing more code for this new project and then proceeded to commit these new code changes and I ended up with the same error message again. This was going to be an annoyance during development so I needed to find a solution.

The solution was that while I had moved files around I had removed my .gitignore file. This file tells Git what files to ignore when performing a commit to the server.

There are a couple of ways of replacing this file in your project. One way is to download a template for Visual Studio from GitHub’s collection of .gitignore templates @  https://github.com/github/gitignore/blob/master/VisualStudio.gitignore

Another way is to add it through your Team Explorer window in Visual Studio

1. On the Team Explorer’s window, go to Settings

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2. Then click on Repository Settings

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3. Finally, click the Add in the Ignore File section

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Now you are done.

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This default file includes the .vs folder and will solve the issue of the locking of the files.

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