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Clean up my git (Snack Pack #5)

blaketweeted profile image Blake Campbell ・1 min read

Git Repo maintenance

If you've been working on any repo for an extended amount of time, you may have saved a million branches that have already been merged. It is time to clean all those old ones out.


The commands we'll be using.

# Removes references from branches that are no longer on the origin
git remote prune origin
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Note this next part will depend on your main branch's name. If you haven't yet, then you should rename master to main. See below for how to.

# Lists all the branches that have been merged into main and remove them
git branch --merged main | grep -v '^[ *]*main$' | xargs git branch -d
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Wrap it all up.

The last step is relatively easy. Combine it into your .zshrc or .bashrc. I'm sure there's a Windows and Linux equivalent, but I'm using macOS.

alias cleanUpMyGit="git remote prune origin ; git branch --merged master | grep -v '^[ *]*master$' | xargs git branch -d"
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Go ahead and restart your terminal, then try it out in a repo directory.

$ cleanUpMyGit
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Afterward, you should see a list of the branches removed by the command. Happy Coding!


References:

My snack pack reads are intended for a quick read without any fluff and provide actionable items.

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