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From: Stefan Beller <>
Subject: [PATCH] try harder to fetch a submodule
Date: Tue, 15 May 2018 12:40:54 -0700
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This is the logical continuum of fb43e31f2b4 (submodule: try harder to
fetch needed sha1 by direct fetching sha1, 2016-02-23) and fixes it as
some assumptions were not correct.

The commit states:
> If $sha1 was not part of the default fetch ... fail ourselves here
> assumes that the fetch_in_submodule only fails when the serverside does
> not support fetching by sha1.

There are other failures, why such a fetch may fail, such as
    fatal: Couldn't find remote ref HEAD
which can happen if the remote side doesn't advertise HEAD and we do not
have a local fetch refspec.

Not advertising HEAD is allowed by the protocol spec and would happen,
if HEAD points at an unborn branch for example.

Not having a local fetch refspec can happen when submodules are fetched
shallowly, as then git-clone doesn't setup a fetch refspec.

So do try even harder for a submodule by ignoring the exit code of the
first fetch and rather relying on the following is_tip_reachable to
see if we try fetching again.

Signed-off-by: Stefan Beller <>
--- | 2 +-
 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/ b/
index 24914963ca2..00fcd69138f 100755
--- a/
+++ b/
@@ -614,7 +614,7 @@ cmd_update()
 				# is not reachable from a ref.
 				is_tip_reachable "$sm_path" "$sha1" ||
 				fetch_in_submodule "$sm_path" $depth ||
-				die "$(eval_gettext "Unable to fetch in submodule path '\$displaypath'")"
+				say "$(eval_gettext "Unable to fetch in submodule path '\$displaypath'")"
 				# Now we tried the usual fetch, but $sha1 may
 				# not be reachable from any of the refs

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Thread overview: 8+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2018-05-11 23:17 Stefan Beller
2018-05-11 23:28 ` Jonathan Nieder
2018-05-11 23:42   ` Stefan Beller
2018-05-12  0:03   ` Junio C Hamano
2018-05-15 19:07     ` Stefan Beller
2018-05-15 19:40       ` Stefan Beller [this message]
2018-05-15 20:04       ` Jonathan Nieder
2018-05-15 20:00 [PATCHv2 0/3] Reroll of sb/submodule-merge-in-merge-recursive Stefan Beller
2018-05-15 20:00 ` [PATCH] try harder to fetch a submodule Stefan Beller

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