Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Handling spaces in Git Urls using TeamCity

If you are using Team Foundation Server/Visual Studio Online for your Git repository, there is a good chance that you may end up with spaces in your Git repository Url!

This is because TFS/VSO uses the Project Name as the method to generate the Git repository Url.

Unfortunately, this presents an immediate problem for TeamCity because spaces in Urls are translated as the %20 character!  Once you run a build in TeamCity with a Url containing these characters, the build on the build agent will fail with an error such as this:

"20Reports defined in VCS Root: VSO Reports"

Thankfully, there is a solution to this problem even though it is not perfect. To workaround around this problem, you simply escape the %20 characters with an additional % sign like so in your VCS Url:


This should resolve the issue with being able to execute a build with a VCS Url that contains spaces.

However, you may still end up with an error message like this in your build log beneath the Artifact dependencies:

Parameter "20Reports" is undefined

You can ignore this error message in the build log, but hopefully the Jetbrains TeamCity development team will fix this issue completely in the near future!

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