I was getting this error when trying to
git add and
git commit code changes in my repository.
fatal: Unable to create '.git/index.lock': File exists. Another git process seems to be running in this repository, e.g. an editor opened by 'git commit'. Please make sure all processes are terminated then try again. If it still fails, a git process may have crashed in this repository earlier: remove the file manually to continue.
Simply removing the
.git/index.lock file made everything go back to normal.
Nothing broke and I could immediately add and commit new files.