I've found an issue in git when working with submodules.
My Project is set up using hundreds of components by submodules (and 
nested submodules), that are independent created in central development 
Now it occurs that the structure of the submodules is changed over time.

  - ComponentX/SubComp1 -> ssh://Server/ComponentX/SubComp1
  - ComponentX/SubComp2 -> ssh://Server/ComponentX/SubComp2
  - ComponentX/SubComp2 -> ssh://Server/ComponentX/SubComp2

  - ComponentX-> ssh://Server/ComponentX

There is both a repository for the old subcomponents, and for the new 
Component on the server.

When trying to switch between the branches all git commands are failing.
It seems like most git commands are not creating the SubComponent 
submodules because the .git file from the Component is not deleted

A 'git submodule sync' fails with:
fatal: Not a git repository: 

Looking into the folders I see:
D:/Project1/ComponentX/.git (file)

A 'git submodule update --init also fails with this folders
Neither a forced checkout or a hard reset is working.

Similar errors can occur when switching between branches with a different 
number of components used as submodules vs. project specific content.
As a result it happens that people are working with an incosistend state 
of the working directory.

My expectation would be that, when switching between branches/commits with 
a git checkout --recurse-submodules the branche including all submodules 
is checked out fully to exactly the state of the desired branch/commit
I.e the following usecases are an issue
- Deleted submodule
- Added submodule as replacement of local directory
- Changed remote location of submodule (One component is available from 
different providers having individual repositories)
- Restructured Component (see example)

Similar issues are existing when creating the new structure to commit it, 
but here the error is more obvious and people are manually deleting as 
much as required to get the new submodules correctly in.

Best regards

Christian Zitzmann


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