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From: Stefan Beller <>
Cc: Stefan Beller <>
Subject: [PATCH] Documentation/config: clarify the meaning of submodule.<name>.update
Date: Fri, 22 Sep 2017 14:28:18 -0700
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With more commands (that potentially change a submodule) paying attention
to submodules as well as the recent discussion[1] on submodule.<name>.update,
let's spell out that submodule.<name>.update is strictly to be used
for configuring the "submodule update" command and not to be obeyed
by other commands.

These other commands usually have a strict meaning of what they should
do (i.e. checkout, reset, rebase, merge) as well as have their name
overlapping with the modes possible for submodule.<name>.update.


Signed-off-by: Stefan Beller <>
 Documentation/config.txt | 7 +++----
 1 file changed, 3 insertions(+), 4 deletions(-)

diff --git a/Documentation/config.txt b/Documentation/config.txt
index dc4e3f58a2..b0ded777fe 100644
--- a/Documentation/config.txt
+++ b/Documentation/config.txt
@@ -3085,10 +3085,9 @@ submodule.<name>.url::
 	See linkgit:git-submodule[1] and linkgit:gitmodules[5] for details.
-	The default update procedure for a submodule. This variable
-	is populated by `git submodule init` from the
-	linkgit:gitmodules[5] file. See description of 'update'
-	command in linkgit:git-submodule[1].
+	The method how a submodule is updated via 'git submodule update'.
+	It is populated by `git submodule init` from the linkgit:gitmodules[5]
+	file. See description of 'update' command in linkgit:git-submodule[1].
 	The remote branch name for a submodule, used by `git submodule

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2017-09-22 21:28 Stefan Beller [this message]
2017-09-22 21:37 ` Jonathan Nieder

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