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From: Stefan Beller <>
To: Thomas Braun <>
Cc: "" <>
Subject: Re: Branch switching with submodules where the submodule replaces a folder aborts unexpectedly
Date: Mon, 9 Oct 2017 14:59:19 -0700
Message-ID: <> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <>

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)

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.

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?


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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 [this message]
2017-10-12 11:48   ` Thomas Braun
2018-06-19 16:03 Sam Kuper

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