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git curate

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Motivation

After a while, my local repo becomes cluttered with branches, and git branch outputs an awkwardly long list. I want to delete some of those branches to bring that list back under control; but I can’t always remember which branches I want to keep from the branch names alone; and inspecting them one at a time and then running git branch -D in a separate step, is painful.

git curate is intended to ease this pain. It steps you through the local branches of a repo one at a time, outputting the following information about each:

  • Last commit date
  • Last commit hash
  • Last commit author
  • Last commit subject
  • Whether the branch has been merged into the current HEAD
  • The status of the branch relative to the upstream branch it is tracking (if any)

You can then select whether to delete or keep each branch as you go.

NOTE git curate does not run git fetch prior to generating its output. If you want to be sure that the “Status vs upstream” column reflects the latest state of the upstream branches as per their remote repository, you should run git fetch first.

Installation

You’ll need Ruby (v2.4.9 or greater) installed. Run:

gem install git_curate

to install the executable.

Usage

From within a git repo, run:

git curate

This will step you through your local branches one at a time, outputting some information about each, and asking you whether to keep or delete each branch.

At each branch, enter “k”—or simply press Enter—to keep the branch and move to the next one; or enter “d” to select the branch for deletion.

Entering “e” will end the session immediately, deleting all selected branches; and “a” will abort the session without deleting any branches. Once the final branch has been considered, any selected branches will be immediately deleted.

Note the branch you are currently on will not be included in the list, as git does not allow you to delete the branch you’re on. (The same applies to any branches that are currently checked out in other worktrees.)

If you just want to view the information about your local branches without stepping through them interactively, enter git curate --list or git curate -l. Your current branch will be included in this list in this case.

Contributing

Bug reports and pull requests are welcome on GitHub.

To start working on git_curate, git clone and cd into your fork of the repo, then run bin/setup to install dependencies.

To run the test suite, run bundle exec rake spec. For a list of other Rake tasks, run bundle exec rake -T.

License

The gem is available as open source under the terms of the MIT License.

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