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From: Thomas Braun <>
Subject: Branch switching with submodules where the submodule replaces a folder aborts unexpectedly
Date: Mon, 9 Oct 2017 23:29:01 +0200 (CEST)
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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.

I've reproduced it on debian stretch with the following git versions:

git version 2.15.0.rc0.39.g2f0e14e649
git version 2.15.0.rc0.245.g6d586db062

A script to trigger it is

mkdir -p test/subproject
cd test
git init
touch subproject/1
git add subproject
git commit -m "blah"
cd ..
mkdir subproject
cd subproject
git init
touch 1
git add 1
git commit -m "blubb"
cd ../test
git branch old
git rm -rf subproject
git commit -m "remove blah"
git submodule add ../subproject
git add -A
git commit -m "added subproject"
git branch new
git checkout old

and this fails with 

$LANG=C ./ 
Initialized empty Git repository in /home/XXX/devel/test/.git/
[master (root-commit) 33e6607] blah
 1 file changed, 0 insertions(+), 0 deletions(-)
 create mode 100644 subproject/1
Initialized empty Git repository in /home/XXX/devel/subproject/.git/
[master (root-commit) e817644] blubb
 1 file changed, 0 insertions(+), 0 deletions(-)
 create mode 100644 1
rm 'subproject/1'
[master 9cbfd57] remove blah
 1 file changed, 0 insertions(+), 0 deletions(-)
 delete mode 100644 subproject/1
Cloning into '/home/XXX/devel/test/subproject'...
[master 1c67e23] added subproject
 2 files changed, 4 insertions(+)
 create mode 100644 .gitmodules
 create mode 160000 subproject
error: The following untracked working tree files would be overwritten by checkout:
Please move or remove them before you switch branches.

If I'm misusing git here I'm glad for any advice.


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

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