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Discussion on: Git: How to delete all local branches except master

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Andrei Fedotov Author

Hi,

I've just checked it again in PowerShell and everything works. I made a quick check like:
git init
git branch new
git branch new2
git branch new3
git branch new4
git branch | grep -v "master" | xargs git branch -D

Just to confirm, are you sure that you installed Gow utilities, input the command correctly and that you are in master branch?

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Vladislav Nagornyi

It's the PS script which gives this error, as the git branch prefixes selected branch with asterisk:

❯ git branch |`
  %{ $_.Trim() } |`
  ?{ $_ -ne 'master' } |`
  %{ git branch -D $_ }
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Deleted branch <branch1> (was <commit1>).
error: branch '* master' not found.
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Could be addressed e.g. by adding check for * master:

git branch |`
  %{ $_.Trim() } |`
  ?{ $_ -ne 'master' -and $_ -ne '* master' } |`
  %{ git branch -D $_ }
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