Many "git submodule" operations do not work on a submodule at a path whose
name is not in ASCII.

This is because "git ls-files" is used to find which paths are bound to
submodules to the current working tree, and the output is C-quoted by default
for non ASCII pathnames and pathnames that has a double-quote, a
backslash or a control character like a newline or a tab in thme.

Tell "git ls-files" to not C-quote its output, which is easier than unwrapping
C-quote ourselves.

This patch still does not allow pathnames with characters that do need C-quote,
but the code didn't handle them before, so it is not making things worse. The
correct approach to solve the problem for all pathnames may be to use
"ls-files -z" and tell the Perl script that reads its output to read NUL
separated records by using $/ = "\0".

Solution-suggested-by: Junio C Hamano <>
Signed-off-by: Fredrik Gustafsson <>
---           |  2 +-
 t/ | 12 ++++++++++++
 2 files changed, 13 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/ b/
index 79bfaac..bad051e 100755
--- a/
+++ b/
@@ -113,7 +113,7 @@ resolve_relative_url ()
-               git ls-files --error-unmatch --stage -- "$@" ||
+               git -c core.quotepath=false ls-files --error-unmatch --stage -- 
"$@" ||
                echo "unmatched pathspec exists"
        ) |
        perl -e '
diff --git a/t/ b/t/
index ff26535..d5743ee 100755
--- a/t/
+++ b/t/
@@ -868,4 +868,16 @@ test_expect_success 'submodule deinit fails when submodule 
has a .git directory
        test -n "$(git config --get-regexp "submodule\.example\.")"
+test_expect_success 'submodule with strange name works "å äö"' '
+       mkdir "å äö" &&
+       (
+               cd "å äö" &&
+               git init &&
+               touch sub
+               git add sub
+               git commit -m "init sub"
+       )
+       git submodule add "/å äö" &&
+       test -n "$(git submodule | grep "å äö")"

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