With respect to my original problem with a corrupted .git directory
under the submodule directory, I am thinking of adding the following 4
lines marked with ### to is_submodule_modified() to detect the
corrupted dir and die quickly instead of forking several child

               strbuf_addf(&buf, "%s/.git", path);
               git_dir = read_gitfile(buf.buf);
               if (!git_dir) {
                 ### strbuf_addf(&head_ref, "%s/HEAD",buf.buf);
                 ### if (strbuf_read_file(&temp_ref, head_ref.buf,0) < 0) {
                          ### die("Corrupted .git dir in submodule %s", path);
                         git_dir = buf.buf;

This fixes my issue but what do you think? Is this the right way to
fix it? Is there a better way?


On Mon, Aug 29, 2016 at 2:13 PM, Uma Srinivasan <usriniva...@twitter.com> wrote:
> Ok that makes sense. Thanks much.
> Uma
> On Mon, Aug 29, 2016 at 2:09 PM, Junio C Hamano <gits...@pobox.com> wrote:
>> On Mon, Aug 29, 2016 at 2:03 PM, Uma Srinivasan <usriniva...@twitter.com> 
>> wrote:
>>> On Mon, Aug 29, 2016 at 1:03 PM, Junio C Hamano <gits...@pobox.com> wrote:
>>>> A top-level superproject can have a submodule bound at its "dir/"
>>>> directory, and "dir/.git" can either be a gitfile which you can read
>>>> with read_gitfile() and point into somewhere in ".git/modules/" of
>>>> the top-level superproject.  "dir/.git" can _ALSO_ be a fully valid
>>>> Git directory.  So at the top of a superproject, you could do
>>>>         git clone $URL ./dir2
>>>>         git add dir2
>>>> to clone an independent project into dir2 directory, and add it as a
>>>> new submodule.  The fallback is to support such a layout.
>>> Thanks for the reply. However, in this case....
>>>       git clone $URL ./dir2
>>>       git add dir2
>>> how will "dir2" get ever get registered as a submodule?
>> With a separate invocation of "git config -f .gitmodules", of course.
>> The layout to use gitfile to point into .git/modules/ is a more recent
>> invention than the submodule support itself that "git add" knows about.
>> The code needs to support both layout as well as it can, and that
>> is what the "can we read it as gitfile?  If not, that directory itself may
>> be a git repository" codepath you asked about is doing.

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