On Wed, Nov 28, 2012 at 08:09:03AM -0500, W. Trevor King wrote:
> * A new 'submodule pull' for tracking the submodule's remote, which is
>   pulling --ff-only origin/$branch into a whatever state the submodule
>   is currently in.  If any changes were made to submodule $shas,
>   optionally commit them with a shortlog-generated commit message.

I thought of a better idea on the train.  How about adding `--remote`
to `submodule update` that overrides the gitlinked SHA-1 with the
SHA-1 for origin/$branch?  All of the other checkout/merge/rebase
functionality is untouched.  The only thing that changes is where we
look for the update.  I'm working up the patch now, and will submit v5

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