On Mar 7, 2014, at 7:50 PM, Henri GEIST wrote:
> Le vendredi 07 mars 2014 à 15:37 -0800, Junio C Hamano a écrit :
>> Henri GEIST <geist.he...@laposte.net> writes:
>>> This information is technical in nature but has some importance for general 
>>> users.
>>> As this kind of clone have a separate gitdir, you will have a surprise if 
>>> you
>>> copy past the worktree as the gitdir will not come together.
>> I am not sure if I understand exactly what you are trying to say.
>> Are you saying that you had a submodule at "sub/dir" in your working
>> tree, and then "mkdir ../another && cp -R sub/dir ../another" did
>> not result in a usable Git working tree in ../another directory?
>> It is almost like complaining that "mkdir ../newone && cp -R * ../newone/"
>> did not result in a usable git repository in ../newone directory and
>> honestly speaking, that sounds borderline insane, I'd have to say.
>> Yes, if a user knows what she is doing, she should be able to make
>> something like that work, without running "git clone" (which is
>> probably the way most users would do it).  And yes, it would be good
>> to let the user learn from the documentation enough so that she
>> "knows what she is doing".  But no, I do not think end-user facing
>> documentation for "git-submodule" subcommand is the way to do that.
>> That is why I suggested repository-layout as potentially a better
>> alternative location.
>> But perhaps I am mis-reading your rationale.
> Let me rephrase my example :
> To give one of my project to someone else I have copied it on a USB key.
> By a simple drag and drop with the mouse.
> And I am quite sure I am not alone doing this way.
> I have done those kind of things lot of time without any problem.
> But that day 'the_project' happened to be a submodule cloned by
> 'git submodule update' then on the USB key the $GIT_DIR of 'the_project'
> was missing.
> If 'man git-submodule' have made me aware of the particularities of submodules
> clone I had write in a terminal:
> git clone the_project /media/usb/the_project
> Or at least I had understand what happened quicker.
> I have nothing against also adding something in repository-layout but I am
> pretty sure normal users never read repository-layout as it is not a command
> they use. And it is not mentioned in most tutorials.

How about something like this:

"The git directory of a submodule lives inside the git directory of the parent 
repository instead of within the working directory."

I'm not sure where to put it, though.

 - Andrew Keller

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