I wrote a Bash script to recover branch names after Git operations have create 
detached HEADs in a Git repository containing lots of Git submodules. The 
script works recursively.

I would like to see:
a) that script or algorithm being integrated into Git by default
b) that as a default behavior for all Git operations creating detached HEADs

That's the command:
git submodule foreach --recursive  'HEAD=$(git branch --list | head -n 1); if 
[[ "$HEAD" == *HEAD* ]]; then REF=$(git rev-parse HEAD); FOUND=0; for Branch in 
$(git branch --list | grep "^  " | sed -e "s/  //" ); do if [[ "$(git rev-parse 
"$Branch")" == $REF ]]; then echo -e "  \e[36mCheckout $Branch...\e[0m"; git 
checkout $Branch; FOUND=1; break; fi done; if [[ $FOUND -eq 0 ]]; then echo -e 
"  \e[31mNo matching branch found.\e[0m"; fi else echo -e "  \e[36mNothing to 
do.\e[0m"; fi'

How does it work:
1. It uses git submodule foreach to dive into each Git submodule and execute a 
series of Bash commands.
2. It's reading the list of branches and checks if the submodule is in detached 
mode. The first line contains the string HEAD.
3. Retrieve the hash of the detached HEAD
4. Iterate all local branches and get their hashes
5. Compare the branch hashes with the detached HEAD's hash. If it matches do a 
6. Report if no branch name was found or if a HEAD was not in detached mode.

The Bash code with line breaks and indentation:
HEAD=$(git branch --list | head -n 1)
if [[ "$HEAD" == *HEAD* ]]; then
  REF=$(git rev-parse HEAD)
  for Branch in $(git branch --list | grep "^  " | sed -e "s/  //" ); do
    if [[ "$(git rev-parse "$Branch")" == $REF ]]; then
      echo -e "  \e[36mCheckout $Branch...\e[0m"
      git checkout $Branch
  if [[ $FOUND -eq 0 ]]; then
    echo -e "  \e[31mNo matching branch found.\e[0m"
  echo -e "  \e[36mNothing to do.\e[0m"

Are their any chances to get it integrated into Git?

I tried to register that code as a Git alias, but git config complains about 
quote problem not showing where. It neither specifies if it's a single or 
double quote problem. Any advice on how to register that piece of code as an 

If wished, I think I could expand the script to also recover hash values to Git 
tags if no branch was found.

Kind regards
    Patrick Lehmann

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