Peter Wu <> writes:

> One note, the following command spits out master without complaining about 
> the 
> non-existing branch name:
>     git branch --contains <id> master <non-existant branch name>
> (the order of branches doesn't affect the result.)

That is perfectly normal.

What you gave after "--contains <id>" are *not* branch names.  They
are patterns against branch names that fits the given criteria (in
this case "--contains <id>") are matched, and the branches that do
not match any of the patterns will not appear in the result.
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