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Git Archive Bash Script
# Takes one parameter: a remote git repository URL.
# This is the stuff this script does:
# 1. Clones the repository
# 2. Fetches all remote branches
# 3. Compresses the folder
# 4. Deletes the cloned folder.
# Your remote repository is left untouched by this script.
if [ "$1" = "" ]
echo "Usage: $0 <git repositiry clone URL>" 1>&2
exit 1
# Variable definitions
TARNAME="$FOLDERNAME.gitarchive.$(date +%Y%m%d).tgz"
# Clone the repos and go into the folder
git clone --recursive $GITURL $FOLDERNAME
# Pull all branches
git branch -r | grep -v HEAD | grep -v master | while read branch; do
git branch --track ${branch##*/} $branch
#Pull all remote data and tags
git fetch --all
git fetch --tags
git pull --all
git gc # Cleanup unnecessary files and optimize the local repository
# Create an archive of the directory
cd ../
# Remove the git clone
rm -rf "./$FOLDERNAME"
echo "Done!"
echo "Your archived git repository is named $TARNAME"
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Neats29 commented Dec 4, 2015

Hi, I got here through searching for a way to create an alias to run git clone and cd'ing into it, in one command.
I found these two lines very helpful!


Just wanted to say thanks for putting this file out there. I'm trying to understand what ## is doing. I know ${GITURL##*/} is saying set what's after the last / as GITNAME, but what is the definition of ## as a regex character. I can't seem to find it online.
Thank you!

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I would like to use this script. But what is the license for this? Or is this covered by some sort of "gist" license?

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