Thank You. This is interesting. There seems to be also a config option 
submodule.recurse. I did not know that these options have such an effect on the 
checkout command.

Best Regards, Mike

-----Original Message-----
From: Stefan Beller []
Sent: Thursday, February 22, 2018 6:53 PM
To: Mike Friedrich <>
Subject: Re: removed submodules shown as untracked when switching branches

On Thu, Feb 22, 2018 at 12:26 PM, Mike Friedrich <> wrote:

>     git submodule add ../submodule sub
>     git add sub
>     git commit -m "submodule added"
>     git checkout master

The original behavior of checkout is to ignore submodules, hence it will be 
left alone.
Can you retry this recipe with --recurse-submodules given to checkout.
(Or rather run "git config submodule.recurse true" once)



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