On Sun, Jan 05, 2014 at 03:50:49AM +0100, Francesco Pretto wrote:
> At the current state, the following use-case is not supported very
> well in git:
> - a maintainer adds a submodule, checking out a specific branch of
> the repository. He doesn't track the upstream submodule revision sha1;
> - a developer checkout the repository branch decided by the maintainer.
> Subsequent "merge" or "rebase" update operations don't detach the HEAD.

Could you please extend the description of your use-case so we can
understand your goal better?

The following questions directly pop into my mind:

 - What means the maintainer does not track the submodules sha1? Does
   that mean the superproject always refers to submodule commits using
 - What happens if you want to go back to an earlier revision? Lets say
   a tagged release? How is ensured that you get the correct revision in
   the submodules?
 - In which situations does the developer or maintainer switch between
   your attached/detached mode?
 - What is the "repository branch" which is given to the developer by
   the maintainer used for? Who creates this branch and who merges into
 - What are these subsequent "merge" or "rebase" update operations? Do
   you mean everyone has submodule.name.update configured to merge or

Still puzzled.

Cheers Heiko
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