'Refactoring failed - Files still read-only' error message when applying Quick Fix Follow
If you get the 'Refactoring failed - Files still read-only' as follows:
Please update 'Visual Studio Tools for Git' extension to the latest version (this issue was fixed since version 0.9.5.0 of this addin). You may do that via VS Extension Manager ("Tools | Extensions and Updates").
If the issue is still present after the update, please disable/remove the 'Visual Studio Tools for Git' extension from the Visual Studio.
Please disable embedded GIT provider in Options: Tools | Options | Source Control | Plug-in selection | Select "None";
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Big thanks to Ronnie Overby for noticing this ( blogpost).
Any update on this please? Still getting this error in R# 8.0 and Git Ext. 0.9.5.0 (VS 2012.3).
I am getting this same error on Visual Studo 2013, and you can't uninstall the Git tools, as now they are bundled in Visual Studio, and not an extension anymore.
How do we solve this problem?
Tools => Options => Source Control => Plug-in Selection
Set "Current source control plug-in" to "None".
If you use Git, use SourceTree as your client.
@T the GIT provider just switches on again every time when I open the solution, and it can't be disabled, is there another workaround for this?
I'm running into this in VS2013 with new projects. I have to add them to a Git repository before it will let me do refactorings like move class to a new file
Are there any plans to fix this bug?
I'm getting the same error when try to refactor files (very frustrating). Switching my source control plug-in to None is a work around for only so long...what's the eta on a perm fix?
@AlDass I'm not sure if JetBrains can fix this, it's a problem with the MS Git provider.
Problem still exists with
Diasbling teh Git provider in teh Extension menu works just fine, but I hope that gets fixed very soon!
It is 2015 and this still happens in R# 9. I AM working with Git so I am not going to disable it, but this error is quite, quite annoying. So what's the status here.. is this going to get fixed?
I've just started experiencing this issue. We are using TFS not Git. I don't have any Git extensions installed.
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I have the same problem with Resharper 9 and VS 2012, it says "Files still read-only:" and shows the corresponding .Designer.cs file of the control I'm editing even though it's not read only. I am using TFS, I do not have Git. Unless I can find a comfortable workaround I will have to stop using Resharper because of this.
I'm also noticing this issue, and it's getting kind of annoying:
Microsoft Visual Studio Enterprise 2015
Version 14.0.24720.00 Update 1
JetBrains ReSharper Ultimate 2015.2 Build 103.0.20150818.200216
I'm not about to disable my GIT plugin. That's kind of necessary.
It's frankly completely ridiculous this has not been fixed yet.
The "files still read-only" I can work around by git adding (or ignoring) all non-versioned files. Annoying, but not completely blocking.
But the (apparently related) "failed to modify documents" makes almost all refactorings nonfunctional.
Changing the source control provider is not even a quick fix anymore in VS2015 - it will cause a git-based solution to be closed.
Really? This is a solution? Somebody must be kidding. I use the Source tree as the main GIT tool, but some of the features integrated into VS simply are awesome. So if this is R# solution, then maybe sticking to CodeLens is a better alternative?
I concur - disabling the source control provider is very definitely *NOT* a solution to this issue. Having just paid for a new ReSharper license to go with my new VS2015 license, I am *very* disappointed to learn that this long-standing issue has still not been resolved.
What use is a productivity tool that only works if you disable another productivity tool?
Come on JB, get it sorted out pronto!
I am currently experiencing the same problem using Visual Studio 2015 Enterprise (Version 14.0.25431.01 Update 3), Git Source Control Provider (188.8.131.52), and JetBrains ReSharper Ultimate 2016.2.2 (Build 106.0.20160913.91321). This problem renders my ReSharper useless and turns ReSharper into expensive bloatware.
This happened to me when I was in debug mode. I stopped debugging, and all worked nicely then.
A workaround I found that worked for me is to use the Git Source Control Provider visual studio extension and not the Microsoft Git Provider.
I was consistently running into this issue and I think I figured out why (at least for me). I had the ReSharper cache set to use the directory my project was in, this was locking a file and making git very unhappy:
To fix this I added the _ReShaper.Caches file to the .gitignore, and this seems to have cleared up the issue with the read only file errors.
Hope this helps!
I get this in Microsoft Visual Studio Enterprise 2019 Version 16.8.3
Source control is an Azure Devops Git repository.
Changing the Source Control Plug-in Selection to None is a workaround which works but would prefer this got fixed!
This issue suddenly started happening to me as well yesterday. It is debilitating as I cannot perform a majority of code refactoring activities. If it is not fixed I will uninstall ReSharper and revoke my license.
Visual Studio Enterprise 2019 v16.11.15
ReSharper 2022.1.2 build 221.0.20220601.154737
*** UPDATE ***
As of the recently announced fix, I reinstalled ReSharper and the problem has been resolved. Thanks for persisting to troubleshoot and fix the issue!
It is happening to me and turning the source control to none also not works.
Microsoft Visual Studio Professional 2019
Updating Visual Studio itself worked for me.
Thanks everyone for the update. We're trying to figure out what could have changed that the problem started happening so often in recent days.
Tangrui1992, do you remember which VS version you had? What version do you have now?
Unfortunately I didn't take a note of that. And plus it's not relevant because te refractory stopped working again. After VS update, Resharper Refactoring has only worked one time. I'm now reinstalling everything including the latest version of Resharper, I will keep you updated.
I reinstalled latest Resharper for VS 2019 Version 16.11.17, still no good.
I also uninstalled GIT Extension and GitHub Extension for VS, no good.
I was able to do Tools => Options => Source Control => Plug-in Selection => Current source control plug-in => None and make it work, but trust me nobody would prefer this option.
Please keep us updated on the fix progress, thanks!
EDIT: I switched the Current source control plug-in back to "Git", no good again.
Disabled Resharper, and then Visual Studio's own renaming tool works fine. Re-enabled Resharper, refactory tool WORKED FOR ONE TIME and then goes back to error.
In my case, issue caused by following condition.
(There may be side effects so at your own risk.)
I am also experiencing this problem on VS 2019.
It worked for months but suddenly I get this problem.
Restarting VS allowes me to perform ONE refactoring operation (move class to different file) and then it continues showing me this message.
I have GIT in place and there is no way in uninstalling GIT from VS, this is a necessay tool, especially while company enforces this.
Unfortunately this is a big anoyence, since I am used to use this feature a lot. Creating every file manually and copying the code by hand isn't a pleasure.
The strange thing is that it worked like a charm for... since last year. I did no updates or whatsoever in the last days.
And as mentioned, restarting VS allowes a few operations and then locks up again.
I tried the suggestion to add the resharper cache file to gitignore but without success
In addition adding a new class also stopped working.
I get the popup to enter the name and after that nothing happens...
I tried it different times but no success....
This is even more annoying than the read-only problem :(