[ANN] git-branch-list 0.1 released
Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
Felipe Contreras
2021-06-25 16:21:18 UTC
The current version of `git branch --list` mostly works, but it's slow and
cumbersome. While this could easily be fixed in git itself, every patch
that tries to improve the user interface is de facto rejected [1].

An external command `git branch-list` is the solution.

Why is `git branch-list` better?

 1. It provides useful information at all verbosity levels
 2. It does not clutter the output with unhelpful characters
 3. It provides a more consistent output
 4. It sorts branches by default
 5. It filters branches more conveniently
 6. It tracks branches in a simpler way
 7. It's way faster

== Verbosity levels ==

At level 0:

 * master origin/master

At level 1:

 * master [origin/master] The first batch post Git 2.32

What about the tracking information? That's orthogonal in
`git branch-list`, and simplified:

 % git branch-list -t
 * master origin/master=

== Performance ==

Using 100 random branches on Linux with random commits over the past

 % git branch --list --verbose
 21.611 seconds

 % git branch-list
 0.106 seconds

Grab it from my GitHub repository:



[1] https://lore.kernel.org/git/YL8KiiGXF8LdGmQ2@coredump.intra.peff.net/

Felipe Contreras