Jonathan Nieder wrote:
> What's stopping the core object code of git parsing .gitmodules?

Nothing, except that it's perversely unnatural for object parsing code
to parse something outside the object store.

> What
> is the core object code?

parse_link_buffer(): the conventions have already been set by
parse_blob_buffer(), parse_tree_buffer() etc.

> How does this compare to other metadata
> files like .gitattributes and .gitignore?

.gitignore and .gitattributes are parsed in dir.c, where git "treats"
worktree paths.  It's quite nicely integrated.
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