git pull fails with “Either the application has not called WSAStartup, or WSAStartup failed”

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I have just installed Windows 10, Visual Studio Community 2015, and Git for Windows. I also installed the latest Bitbucket and GitHub extensions.

Within Visual Studio I cloned my Bitbucket.com-hosted repository, and performed these operations successfully:

$ git --version git version 2.19.2.windows.1  $ git pull Already up to date. 

But then when I tried to pull from another repository I got this error:

$ git pull git://github.com/aegif/CmisSync.git fatal: unable to lookup github.com (port 9418) (Either the application has not called WSAStartup, or WSAStartup failed. ) 

I am able to ping github.com though.

How can I investigate and fix the problem?

 


A low-tech workaround is to replace git:// with https:// in the URL.
The command then goes smoothly.

Please note that while it currently works with GitHub, this trick might not work with other Git servers.

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