I’ve spent a little more than a month working with Git now. I can honestly say that while there are many things that I like about Git, there are just as many things that I personally find to be a pain in the butt. Submodules specifically have managed to be a thorn in my side on many occasions. While the concept of submodules is simple, figuring out how to actually work with them can be a chore. I say “figuring out” because not everything about working with submodules is well documented. I’ll cover two of the more difficult things to figure out: removing and updating submodules from your repository. What are Submodules? The concept of submodules is brilliant. It essentially allows you to attach an external repository inside another repository at a specific path. In order to illustrate the value of submodules, it will probably be helpful for me to explain how I am using them. My profession is working with WordPress themes. Basically, I develop feature enhancements to the th

Author : cvcv

Jan 31, 2016



cvcv : Thank you very much for posting this. Especially the part about “Updating Submodules” which was not obvious from reading the documentation and lots of other information. In my opinion, the way that git handles submodules is not obvious, because I feel like it could have been done using several different API styles. Now that I’ve done it, it makes sense. It might even be one of the better ways of doing it. But it sure was confusing the first time around.
Jan 31, 2016