Why does git branch -a

Gerben Wierda gerben.wierda at rna.nl
Sat Oct 23 10:17:35 UTC 2021

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> On 23 Oct 2021, at 12:13, Henning Hraban Ramm <hraban at fiee.net> wrote:
> Hi Gerben!
>> Am 23.10.2021 um 11:58 schrieb Gerben Wierda via macports-users <macports-users at lists.macports.org>:
>> # remotes:
>> #   upstream: github/macports/macports-ports is the original macports.org repo in github
>> #   origin: github/gctwnl/macports-ports is my FORK of github/macports/macports-ports on github
>> # local:
>> #   ~/MacPortsDev/macports-ports is the local CLONE of github/gctwnl/macports-ports
>> albus:macports-ports sysbh$ git branch -a
>>  dovecot-2.3.16
>> * master
>>  upstream
>>  remotes/origin/HEAD -> origin/master
>>  remotes/origin/dovecot-2.3.16
>>  remotes/origin/master
>>  remotes/origin/multiple-unbounds
>>  remotes/upstream/boost_1.72.0_update
>>  remotes/upstream/dar
>>  remotes/upstream/kencu-py-sphinxcontrib-svg2pdfconverter
>>  remotes/upstream/master
>>  remotes/upstream/py38-reproject
>>  remotes/upstream/wireshark3-3-0-5
>> But I do not fully understand the remotes/origin ones. Specifically: remotes/origin/multiple-unbounds. I did some work on unbound as well (enabling to run multiple parallel unbound resolvers from launchd) and this has been pulled into the main repository. When that had happened, I deleted my branch. Apparently I forgot to do something because it still shows up in remotes/origin. Why, though? What did I forget to do?
> Origin is your fork of upstream, and when you deleted your local branch, you apparently didn’t delete the same branch on origin.
> Each repository is independent.

Yes, I’m reading this now. And I’ve also just read that to explicitly delete the remote branch I need to do

git push origin -d remote-branch-name

So, somewhat surprisingly (for me at least) is that to remove an origin branch I need the ‘git push’ command.

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