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From: Jason Sewall <>
Subject: Suggestion: git clone should warn if repository has submodules
Date: Tue, 6 Aug 2019 10:03:57 -0400	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <> (raw)

Submodules are great, and I used them at work. The problem is, people
wind up cloning my repos without --recursive and then nothing works
for them, because  the submodules weren't populated and those
ultimately are needed to build my code.

I can see why --recursive isn't the default for git clone; you don't
want to just blindly follow whatever urls are in .gitmodules without
the user being aware of the possibility. That said, folks that are not
familiar with submodules (which seems to be most of the people I work
with!) wind up confused by this and don't know how to fix it.

While the burden is on the user and should remain so, it seems like
having git print out a message after cloning to the effect of "there
are submodules that are not populated, maybe you should look at them"
would go a long way to eliminating confusion for newer users. Yes, I
have put some documentation in my project that users should fetch the
submodules, but if possible, I'd like lower the number of times I have
to suggest that people RTFM.

Alternatively, is it preferable that I have my build system look at
the submodules and inform the user more helpfully? I'm curious to know
what, if any, is the recommended procedure.


             reply	other threads:[~2019-08-06 14:04 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 3+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2019-08-06 14:03 Jason Sewall [this message]
2019-08-06 15:54 ` Suggestion: git clone should warn if repository has submodules Mateusz Loskot
2019-08-06 15:58   ` Michal Suchánek

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