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Delete multiple locals branches in two commands

Sometimes, we forgot about all branches we're creating when coding, bumping versions, and doing some releases, in result we can have a lot of useless branches in our local project... and it can become frustrating when you need to switch from a branch to another one.

Soooo, i made a really simple and short bash script to help me delete multiple branch at the same time called gbd, like git branch delete, yeahhh yeah i know, too lazy... and the code looks like this :

#!/bin/bash
# by d4rk3r

# this function will loop over the list of branches you provided
# and if the branch name is upper than 2
# it will delete it
#
# $1 can be a file_name or an <<EOF ... EOF
_del_branch_list(){

    for bb in $(cat $1);
    do
        if [ ${#bb} -ge 2 ];
        then
            echo "[-] Deleting '$bb' branch..."
            git branch -D "$bb" # we delete the branch
        fi
    done
}

# the main function
main(){

    echo "[-] Deleting locals branches is my job"!
    _del_branch_list $1
}

main $1
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After saving that file and add an alias to it in your .bashrc, you just have to work with two commands:

  • First, i need to get the list of commands, and i can have that by hitting git branch, as an output, i can have :
  chore/some-bump-here
  chore/some-bump-here
  chore/some-bump-here
  chore/some-bump-here
  chore/some-bump-here
  chore/some-bump-here
  feat/some-feature-here
  feat/some-feature-here
  feat/some-feature-here
  feat/some-feature-here
  feat/some-feature-here
  feat/some-feature-here
  feat/some-feature-here
  feat/some-feature-here
  feat/some-feature-here
  feat/some-feature-here
  feat/some-feature-here
  feat/some-feature-here
  feat/some-feature-here
  feat/some-feature-here
  feat/some-feature-here
* master
  release/some-release-here
  release/some-release-here
  release/some-release-here
  release/some-release-here
  release/some-release-here
  release/some-release-here
  release/some-release-here
  release/some-release-here
  release/some-release-here
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I just have to select multiple branches and copy that

  • Second, i can jut call the bash script and pass what i just copy in parameters like this (and add at the end the EOF then press ENTER):
d@k:project$ gbd <<EOF
> release/some-release-here
> release/some-release-here
> release/some-release-here
> release/some-release-here
> release/some-release-here
> release/some-release-here
> release/some-release-here
> release/some-release-here
> release/some-release-here
>
> EOF
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output :

[-] Deleting locals branches is my job
[-] Deleting 'release/some-release-here' branch...
[-] Deleting 'release/some-release-here' branch...
[-] Deleting 'release/some-release-here' branch...
[-] Deleting 'release/some-release-here' branch...
[-] Deleting 'release/some-release-here' branch...
[-] Deleting 'release/some-release-here' branch...
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Source code : https://gist.github.com/Sanix-Darker/f93b7fc029fc82e37d53693eca8d8471

Have FUN !

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