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Development Tools GitHub Basics Working By Yourself Conflict Resolution

Chris Collier
Chris Collier
17,774 Points

Branch still showing locally after deleting from github?

At the end of the video we merge the add-readme branch to master and are given the option to delete the add-readme branch, which I did. My repo on github is showing just 1 branch, master. However, the add-readme branch is still showing on my local machine.

When I run git branch I get:

$ git branch add-readme

  • master

I can also checkout the branch by running git checkout add-readme:

$ git checkout add-readme Switched to branch 'add-readme'

When I pull it tells me that I'm already up-to-date. Is this normal? Is there another step that you normally run after deleting a branch on github to make sure that the change flows though everywhere else?


2 Answers

Martin Murphy
Martin Murphy
19,321 Points

If you want to delete the branch locally then you can run 'git branch -d add-readme'

This is a good answer. To elaborate further, Git is a distributed system. What that means is that your local copy of a git repository is isolated from any other remote git repositories. When you are doing a push/pull to another repository, you are essentially syncing your local git with the remote version. In order to sync your local branches with your remote branches you need to run git fetch -p. This command "prunes" non-existing remote branches from your local repo.