Remote git commands fail with “protocol error: bad line length character: Acti”

If you encounter an error “protocol error: bad line length character: Acti” (the last 4 characters might be different) when executing a remote Git command in SmartGit on Windows, please launch cmd.exe and look for some default output (in our case, e.g. Active code page: 65001). This might be caused by a so-called autorun script which can be configured at the registry key AUTORUN at HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Command Processor.

Solution: Ensure that the script does not output anything.

File Compare: scroll between changes (Windows 10)

In SmartGit, SmartSVN and SmartSynchronize you can easily scroll from change to change by using the mouse wheel over the area between the left and right file content views.

On Windows 10 you need to enable a system option to make this working:

  • open Windows’ Settings
  • select Devices
  • on the Mouse page select the option Scroll inactive windows when I hover over them