Den 2013-03-06 19:12:05 skrev Heiko Voigt <>:

On Mon, Feb 25, 2013 at 05:44:05PM +0100, Daniel Bratell wrote:
I can phrase this in two ways and I'll start with the short way:

Why does a merge of a git submodule use as merge-base the commit that was active in the merge-base of the parent repo, rather than the merge-base of
the two commits that are being merged?

The long question is:

A submodule change can be merged, but only if the merge is a
"fast-forward" which I think is a fair demand, but currently it checks if
it's a fast-forward from a commit that might not be very interesting

If two branches A and B split at a point when they used submodule commit
S1 (based on S), and both then switched to S2 (also based on S) and B then
switched to S21, then it's today not possible to merge B into A, despite
S21 being a descendant of S2 and you get a conflict and this warning:

warning: Failed to merge submodule S (commits don't follow merge-base)

(attempt at ASCII gfx:

Submodule tree:

S ---- S1
    \ - S2 -- S21

Main tree:

A' (uses S1) --- A (uses S2)
    \ --- B' (uses S2) -- B (uses S21)

I would like it to end up as:

A' (uses S1) --- A (uses S2) ------------ A+ (uses S21)
   \                                     /
    \ --- B' (uses S2) -- B (uses S21)- /

And that should be legal since S21 is a descendant of S2.

So to summarize what you are requesting: You want a submodule merge be
two way in the view of the superproject and calculate the merge base
in the submodule from the two commits that are going to be merged?

It currently sounds logical but I have to think about it further and
whether that might break other use cases.

Maybe both could be legal even. The current code can't be all wrong, and this case also seems to be straightforward.

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