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submodule modify/delete wrong message

When merging with a submodule modify/delete conflict (i.e. I've deleted
the submodule, and I'm merging in a branch that modified it), git lies
about what it is doing:

"CONFLICT (modify/delete): submodule deleted in HEAD and modified in
submodules. Version submodules of submodule left in tree at
Automatic merge failed; fix conflicts and then commit the result."

In fact, the working tree does not contain anything named

In addition, I would ordinarily resolve a conflict like this by using
'git rm'. Here, this gives a warning:

$ git rm submodule
submodule: needs merge
rm 'submodule'
warning: Could not find section in .gitmodules where path=submodule

Git's behavior here is significantly better than liggit2's (which tries
to check out 'submodule' as if it were a blob, and fails to do so), but
it's still confusing.

It's not clear to me what the correct behavior is here.  Maybe it's
sufficient to just fix the message?