My emacs is mainly using
git submodule to organise the packages. I do not use any package management for my emacs currently. But recently, i lose the
evil package git repository access. That makes me to really the potential issue about
git-submodule. Meanwhile, I found the
git-subtree, so i decide to move all my packages from
First, let’s talk about some differences between
When you clone you main repository, you have all you files in your main repository and the submodule record file
You need to use
git submodule init to initialize the submodle configuration and
git submodule update will check out the exact version of the sub repository from their remote git service. Of course, you can do all of these in one command,
git clone --recursive (repository).
.gitmoduless only store the information of remote repositories, such as
And git stores SHA1 of commit for all the sub repositories directly in Git’s object database. You can check the content with
git ls-tree master:[path-to-directory-containing-submodule]
~ $ git ls-tree master .emacs.d/plugins/ace-jump-mode
160000 commit 8351e2df4fbbeb2a4003f2fb39f46d33803f3dac .emacs.d/plugins/ace-jump-mode
So here is one of the potential issue for
git-submodule, when you lose the access of other submodule remote git server or your remote server delete the commits with that SHA1 you want to reference, you cannot give your environment setup correctly again if you clone your main repository in new environment.
This is exact issue i met now.
When you clone your repository, you will get all the code no matter you main repository and sub repositoies. In fact, all the sub repository code will be commmitted to your main repository as normal files. So, this would be like a local snapshot of the sub repository. You clone your repository and you got all you should have for your whole environment.
Even though you cannot access some of the sub repository git service, you do not need to care about that because you already have the workable snapshot in your repository. The only case you need to access those remote service is when you need to pull their latest change and merge to your local snapshots, or you want to push your local change back to sub repositories remote git server.
This gives us several benifits:
- you will not depends on other git service when you clone yourself. And the other contributors do not even need to know if there is a upstream repository existing.
- you can make changes to your snapshot as if it is your code and you can track all the history.
git-subtree do is to help you check out this snapshots and merge upstream changes and etc.
So personally, I would consider
git-subtree as a way to manage your sub repositories.
It’s a pity that we do not have a
git submodule rm, so remove a submodule will be manual steps.
For a submodule, there are many places that record the relevant information, we need to clean them as expected to remove submodule gracefully:
Where your git folder and remote server is stored. Manually edit to remove submodule information.
After you do the
git submodule init, git read the information from
.gitmodulesand save it here to track local submodule. You can use
git submoudle deinit [submodule-path]to remove that module from this file. One thing need to pay attention to, if you use
git module deinit, it will also remove submodule from working tree.
Here is where git fetch and save the remote sub module tree to. Need manually delete. If you do not delete it, it would report error when you want to add the same module as submodule again.
submodule file in working tree
You can simply do this by
rm -rf [submodule path]
So the steps are:
Manually edit this file to remove relevant git submodule section
> git add .gitmodules
manually delete submodule section in
clean files in
git rm –cached [submodule path]
> rm -rf .git/modules/[submodule path]
commit your change
> git commit -m “remove submodule xxxx”
clean local if necessary
> rm -rf [submodule path]
Here is my example:
~ $ ff .gitmodules
~ $ git add .gitmodules
~ $ ff .git/config
~ $ git rm –cached .emacs.d/plugins/ace-jump-mode
~ $ git status
On branch master Your branch is ahead of 'origin/master' by 1 commit. (use "git push" to publish your local commits) Changes to be committed: (use "git reset HEAD <file>..." to unstage) deleted: .emacs.d/plugins/ace-jump-mode modified: .gitmodules
~ $ git commit -m “remove submodule ace-jump-mode”
[master 24a9e7d] remove submodule ace-jump-mode Committer: winterTTr <winterTTr@gmail.com>
The common process to get remote repository into subtree:
add remote branch to local track
> git remote add ace-jump-mode https://github.com/winterTTr/ace-jump-mode.git
get the latest version of the code into working tree
> git subtree add –prefix .emacs.d/plugins-subtree/ace-jump-mode –squash ace-jump-mode master
git fetch ace-jump-mode master From https://github.com/winterTTr/ace-jump-mode * branch master -> FETCH_HEAD Added dir '.emacs.d/plugins-subtree/ace-jump-mode'
for further update from remote server
> git subtree pull –prefix .emacs.d/plugins-subtree/ace-jump-mode –squash ace-jump-mode
- GIT SUBMODULES EXPLAINED
- Git Submodule Tutorial
- How to use Git submodules
- “git rm –cached x” vs “git reset head — x”?
- Where does Git store the SHA1 of the commit for a submodule?
- How do I remove a Git submodule?
- Git Tools - Subtree Merging
- Alternatives To Git Submodule: Git Subtree
- Mastering Git subtrees
- Git Subtree
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