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From: Thomas Braun <>
To: Stefan Beller <>
Subject: Re: Branch switching with submodules where the submodule replaces a folder aborts unexpectedly
Date: Thu, 12 Oct 2017 13:48:50 +0200 (CEST)
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> Stefan Beller <> hat am 9. Oktober 2017 um 23:59 geschrieben:
> On Mon, Oct 9, 2017 at 2:29 PM, Thomas Braun
> <> wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> > I'm currently in the progress of pulling some subprojects in a git repository of mine into their
> > own repositories and adding these subprojects back as submodules.
> >
> > While doing this I enountered a potential bug as checkout complains on branch switching that a 
> > file already exists.
> (And I presume you know about --recurse-submodules as a flag for git-checkout)

No I did not know about it. I tend to not know options which don't complete in my shell (patch follows for that).

> This is consistent with our tests, unfortunately.
> git/t$ ./
> ...
> not ok 15 - git checkout --recurse-submodules: replace submodule with
> a directory # TODO known breakage
> ...
> > If I'm misusing git here I'm glad for any advice.
> You are not.

Glad to know that.

> Apart from this bug report, would you think that such filtering of
> trees into submodules (and back again) might be an interesting feature
> of Git or are these cases rare and special?

For me not particularly. In my case it is a one time thing going from an embedded project folder to a submodule.

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Thread overview: 4+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2017-10-09 21:29 Thomas Braun
2017-10-09 21:59 ` Stefan Beller
2017-10-12 11:48   ` Thomas Braun [this message]
2018-06-19 16:03 Sam Kuper

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