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How do you delete a branch?

Rich Mayfield Jul 29, 2013

I'm done with a branch and wish to delete it. It is not the default branch. Using git from the command line yields a "deletion prohibited" error.

$ git push origin :hotfix/DEV-12345
remote: error: denying ref deletion for refs/heads/hotfix/DEV-12345
To git@bitbucket.org:acme/product.git
 ! [remote rejected] hotfix/DEV-12345 (deletion prohibited)
error: failed to push some refs to 'git@bitbucket.org:acme/product.git'

I don't see a way to delete the branch in the browser UI. Is there anything else I should try?

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Rich Mayfield Aug 04, 2013

Both of the above commands are good.

The problem as it turns out was a configuration problem with our Bitbucket instance - the Atlassian folks corrected the configuration and now we can delete branches.

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Jesse Yowell Atlassian Team Jul 30, 2013

Hi Rich,

Please try the following:

git push origin --delete <branchName>

 
Rich Mayfield Jul 30, 2013

Thanks for the reply Jesse. I had tried that also and, unfortunately, got the same error.

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Rich Mayfield Jul 29, 2013

Note: I'm the creator of this repository so I'm assuming that I have all of the admin permissions one should have to delete a branch.

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