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The proper way to delete a Git repository

Sep 17, 2022 · 1 min read · 8 views · Post a comment

Besides automation, running rm -rf against directories is my second to none thing to do as a DevOps engineer. And this is exactly how you could easily remove a Git repository.

Prerequisites

  • Git

Solution

Step 1. Go to your current Git project directory.

Step 2. Run the sacred command:

rm -rf .git

Step 3. Verify.

git status

Expected output:

fatal: not a git repository (or any of the parent directories): .git

To remove a remote Git repo which is usually hosted on GitHub or GitLab you must follow the official platform-specific docs.

Conclusion

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