I had a hard time following my own branches in a project. They got pretty numerous, and I wasn’t sure if I pushed them to origin at all. git branch -a can list all the branches, including remote ones, but, as my list grew too big, it was impossible to follow it any more.
Thus, I have created a small script called git-branches-with-remotes, which does the work for me. Its only requirements are git (of course), and the column command, which is pretty obviously present on every POSIX compliant systems (even OSX).
#! /bin/sh COLUMN=`which column 2> /dev/null` if test -z $COLUMN then echo "\`column' is not found in PATH. Cannot continue." exit 1 fi current_branch=`git rev-parse --abbrev-ref HEAD` for branch in $(git for-each-ref --shell --format='%(refname)' refs/heads | sed -e s/^\'refs\\/heads\\/// -e s/\'$//) do remote=`git config branch.$branch.remote` merge=`git config branch.$branch.merge | sed -e 's/^refs\/heads\///'` [ x"$current_branch" == x"$branch" ] && echo -n '*' echo -n "$branch" if ! test -z $merge then echo -en "\t" echo -n $remote echo -n / echo -n $merge fi echo done | $COLUMN -t
I just put it in my path, and git branches-with-remotes does the work!
Edit (16 August): I have added some code to mark the current branch (if any) with an asterisk. Also, I have put this script in a gist.
Edit (26 February, 2015): It turns out that git branch -vv shows the same information and some more: it also shows if the branches are diverged, and the first line of the last commit’s message.