Hugo Hugo - 1 year ago 182
Git Question

When deleting remote git branch "error: unable to push to unqualified destination"

I'm trying to delete a remote git branch with

git push origin :my_remote_branch

and getting:

error: unable to push to unqualified destination: my_remote_branch
The destination refspec neither matches an existing ref on the remote nor
begins with refs/, and we are unable to guess a prefix based on the source ref.
error: failed to push some refs to ''

these are my current branches

git branch -a
* develop
remotes/origin/HEAD -> origin/master

git branch -r --merged
origin/HEAD -> origin/master

Any ideas on how I can get rid of this branch would be appreciated.

Answer Source

The fact that refs/remotes/origin/my_remote_branch exists in your local repository does not imply refs/heads/my_remote_branch exists in the origin remote repository.

Do git fetch -p origin to make refs/remotes/origin/my_remote_branch go away if it's already deleted in origin. The -p option tells fetch to delete any tracking branches that no longer exist in the corresponding remotes; by default they are kept around.

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