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Deleting a remote branch

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Video: Deleting a remote branch

In this movie, we are going to learn how to delete a remote branch. Essentially, what we are going to do is be able to tell GitHub that it should erase one of the branches in its repo. First, let's decide what branch we want to get rid off. You can see that I am inside my lynda_version folder on the master branch, if I do git branch -a, you can see that I have got this non_tracking branch locally, and I have also got non_tracking up on the remote repository. That's the one that I want to tell GitHub to delete. There are two ways that we can do this. First, I want to show you the older and less intuitive way, then I will show you a newer one after that.

Deleting a remote branch

In this movie, we are going to learn how to delete a remote branch. Essentially, what we are going to do is be able to tell GitHub that it should erase one of the branches in its repo. First, let's decide what branch we want to get rid off. You can see that I am inside my lynda_version folder on the master branch, if I do git branch -a, you can see that I have got this non_tracking branch locally, and I have also got non_tracking up on the remote repository. That's the one that I want to tell GitHub to delete. There are two ways that we can do this. First, I want to show you the older and less intuitive way, then I will show you a newer one after that.

The first way is to use git push and just like we did before when we are using git push, we push to the remote, and when we did it before, we did it like this, we said, push the contents of non_tracking up it the server. In order to delete it, you put a colon in front of it. Git push origin, and a :non_ tracking will have the effect of deleting the branch on the remote server. Let's try it. So it wants my username, my password, it comes up, and it says that it deleted it, and now if we say git branch -r, you can see that it's gone, and if we go to GitHub, if you have Firefox, reload the page, and sure enough under Branches, you can see that we only have a master branch now.

Now notice that if I do git branch for my local branches, it's still here. All I did was a push up to origin, I didn't do anything to my local branches, so I still have all that information. Why this awkward non-intuitive way of doing it? What's the colon all about? Let me give you some insight into that. When we did our original push of the branch up to origin, we did it like this, git push origin/non_tracking. That's actually shorthand for git push origin non_tracking:non_tracking.

What this is saying is push to origin my local branch non_tracking, to the remote branch called non_tracking. That's what it's doing. When we only have one, it assumes that they are the same, which they often are. But this colon divides those two. So when we are doing a delete, what you are actually doing is saying, push to origin nothing up to the branch non_tracking. So that's why that colon is there. That's where it comes from. But that's not very intuitive.

Let me show you the newer way, this is a little easier to remember. First, let's push that branch back up there again, remember it is going to push my local branch non-tracking up to the remote repository, so there it is now, git branch -r, you can see it's there. Now let's do another delete, git push origin again, but this time it's --delete and then non_tracking. It requires a little more typing, but it is a little easier to remember, a little more intuitive. So now we hit Return.

It's going to want me to log in again, and once again, it's deleted it. So there it is now it's gone. So that's all there is to being able to delete a remote branch.

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  1. 2m 46s
    1. Introduction
      1m 7s
    2. How to use the exercise files
      1m 39s
  2. 20m 24s
    1. Understanding version control
      4m 48s
    2. The history of Git
      7m 58s
    3. About distributed version control
      5m 4s
    4. Who should use Git?
      2m 34s
  3. 26m 12s
    1. Installing Git on a Mac
      3m 44s
    2. Installing Git on Windows
      5m 37s
    3. Installing Git on Linux
      1m 30s
    4. Configuring Git
      7m 29s
    5. Exploring Git auto-completion
      5m 35s
    6. Using Git help
      2m 17s
  4. 15m 49s
    1. Initializing a repository
      1m 58s
    2. Understanding where Git files are stored
      2m 34s
    3. Performing your first commit
      2m 4s
    4. Writing commit messages
      5m 22s
    5. Viewing the commit log
      3m 51s
  5. 17m 44s
    1. Exploring the three-trees architecture
      3m 57s
    2. The Git workflow
      3m 15s
    3. Using hash values (SHA-1)
      4m 7s
    4. Working with the HEAD pointer
      6m 25s
  6. 25m 52s
    1. Adding files
      5m 59s
    2. Editing files
      3m 56s
    3. Viewing changes with diff
      3m 35s
    4. Viewing only staged changes
      2m 28s
    5. Deleting files
      5m 29s
    6. Moving and renaming files
      4m 25s
  7. 19m 18s
    1. Introducing the Explore California web site
      2m 2s
    2. Initializing Git
      3m 48s
    3. Editing the support phone number
      6m 20s
    4. Editing the backpack file name and links
      7m 8s
  8. 38m 45s
    1. Undoing working directory changes
      3m 49s
    2. Unstaging files
      2m 37s
    3. Amending commits
      4m 50s
    4. Retrieving old versions
      4m 7s
    5. Reverting a commit
      3m 12s
    6. Using reset to undo commits
      3m 44s
    7. Demonstrating a soft reset
      4m 8s
    8. Demonstrating a mixed reset
      4m 7s
    9. Demonstrating a hard reset
      5m 8s
    10. Removing untracked files
      3m 3s
  9. 27m 22s
    1. Using .gitignore files
      8m 23s
    2. Understanding what to ignore
      4m 47s
    3. Ignoring files globally
      4m 49s
    4. Ignoring tracked files
      5m 26s
    5. Tracking empty directories
      3m 57s
  10. 26m 51s
    1. Referencing commits
      4m 52s
    2. Exploring tree listings
      3m 46s
    3. Getting more from the commit log
      7m 38s
    4. Viewing commits
      4m 4s
    5. Comparing commits
      6m 31s
  11. 39m 35s
    1. Branching overview
      4m 56s
    2. Viewing and creating branches
      2m 57s
    3. Switching branches
      2m 58s
    4. Creating and switching branches
      4m 53s
    5. Switching branches with uncommitted changes
      3m 26s
    6. Comparing branches
      4m 28s
    7. Renaming branches
      2m 28s
    8. Deleting branches
      4m 18s
    9. Configuring the command prompt to show the branch
      9m 11s
  12. 28m 32s
    1. Merging code
      3m 11s
    2. Using fast-forward merge vs. true merge
      6m 49s
    3. Merging conflicts
      7m 26s
    4. Resolving merge conflicts
      7m 5s
    5. Exploring strategies to reduce merge conflicts
      4m 1s
  13. 14m 34s
    1. Saving changes in the stash
      4m 5s
    2. Viewing stashed changes
      2m 39s
    3. Retrieving stashed changes
      4m 24s
    4. Deleting stashed changes
      3m 26s
  14. 1h 5m
    1. Using local and remote repositories
      6m 38s
    2. Setting up a GitHub account
      5m 39s
    3. Adding a remote repository
      4m 0s
    4. Creating a remote branch
      4m 3s
    5. Cloning a remote repository
      4m 26s
    6. Tracking remote branches
      4m 5s
    7. Pushing changes to a remote repository
      5m 8s
    8. Fetching changes from a remote repository
      5m 47s
    9. Merging in fetched changes
      4m 50s
    10. Checking out remote branches
      3m 22s
    11. Pushing to an updated remote branch
      2m 6s
    12. Deleting a remote branch
      3m 8s
    13. Enabling collaboration
      3m 40s
    14. A collaboration workflow
      8m 43s
  15. 16m 23s
    1. Setting up aliases for common commands
      5m 14s
    2. Using SSH keys for remote login
      2m 56s
    3. Exploring integrated development environments
      1m 4s
    4. Exploring graphical user interfaces
      4m 32s
    5. Understanding Git hosting
      2m 37s
  16. 55s
    1. Goodbye
      55s

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