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GITMODULES(5)                                    Git Manual                                    GITMODULES(5)

       gitmodules - defining submodule properties


       The .gitmodules file, located in the top-level directory of a Git working tree, is a text file with a
       syntax matching the requirements of git-config(1).

       The file contains one subsection per submodule, and the subsection value is the name of the
       submodule. The name is set to the path where the submodule has been added unless it was customized
       with the --name option of git submodule add. Each submodule section also contains the following
       required keys:

           Defines the path, relative to the top-level directory of the Git working tree, where the
           submodule is expected to be checked out. The path name must not end with a /. All submodule paths
           must be unique within the .gitmodules file.

           Defines a URL from which the submodule repository can be cloned. This may be either an absolute
           URL ready to be passed to git-clone(1) or (if it begins with ./ or ../) a location relative to
           the superproject's origin repository.

           Defines what to do when the submodule is updated by the superproject. If checkout (the default),
           the new commit specified in the superproject will be checked out in the submodule on a detached
           HEAD. If rebase, the current branch of the submodule will be rebased onto the commit specified in
           the superproject. If merge, the commit specified in the superproject will be merged into the
           current branch in the submodule. If none, the submodule with name $name will not be updated by

               This config option is overridden if 'git submodule update' is given
               the '--merge', '--rebase' or '--checkout' options.

           A remote branch name for tracking updates in the upstream submodule. If the option is not
           specified, it defaults to master. See the --remote documentation in git-submodule(1) for details.

           This option can be used to control recursive fetching of this submodule. If this option is also
           present in the submodules entry in .git/config of the superproject, the setting there will
           override the one found in .gitmodules. Both settings can be overridden on the command line by
           using the "--[no-]recurse-submodules" option to "git fetch" and "git pull".

           Defines under what circumstances "git status" and the diff family show a submodule as modified.
           When set to "all", it will never be considered modified, "dirty" will ignore all changes to the
           submodules work tree and takes only differences between the HEAD of the submodule and the commit
           recorded in the superproject into account. "untracked" will additionally let submodules with
           modified tracked files in their work tree show up. Using "none" (the default when this option is
           not set) also shows submodules that have untracked files in their work tree as changed. If this
           option is also present in the submodules entry in .git/config of the superproject, the setting
           there will override the one found in .gitmodules. Both settings can be overridden on the command
           line by using the "--ignore-submodule" option.

       Consider the following .gitmodules file:

           [submodule "libfoo"]
                   path = include/foo
                   url = git://

           [submodule "libbar"]
                   path = include/bar
                   url = git://

       This defines two submodules, libfoo and libbar. These are expected to be checked out in the paths
       include/foo and include/bar, and for both submodules a URL is specified which can be used for cloning
       the submodules.

       git-submodule(1) git-config(1)

       Part of the git(1) suite

Git 1.8.3                                        05/24/2013                                    GITMODULES(5)

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