johnsona johnsona - 1 month ago 6
Git Question

Why is this a bad config line for my .gitconfig?

bd = "!f() { git branch --merged | egrep -v '(^\*|master|dev)' | xargs git branch -d }; f"


I'm trying to alias a git command to remove all of my local merged branches. When I put the bash command into my gitconfig as above, git complains about a bad config line.

Answer

I'd recommend making this a bash script in your PATH instead, and then calling that script in your git alias instead (or if it's in your PATH anyway, just name the file git-bd).

For example, make the file ~/bin/git-bd

#!/usr/bin/env bash
git branch --merged | egrep -v '(^\*|master|dev)' | xargs git branch -d

Make the file executable with the command:

chmod +x ~/bin/git-bd

And make sure your .bashrc, .bash_profile or .bash_login file has the line:

export PATH="$HOME/bin:$PATH"

And you can either just call git-bd directly, or add the alias in your .gitconfig like so:

bd = "!git-bd"

To add to this answer, the reason you are getting a bad config error may be due to the back-slashes. The git-config will read them as is, so you need to escape them again with a second backslash.

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