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Re: [PATCH] diff: allow --recurse-submodules as an synonym for --submodule

On Thu, Sep 6, 2018 at 2:12 PM Junio C Hamano <gitster@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Jonathan Nieder <jrnieder@xxxxxxxxx> writes:
> > It seems like various commands are gaining --recurse-submodules options
> > taking different kinds of arguments:
> >
> > - clone takes --recurse-submodules=<pathspec>
> > - fetch takes --recurse-submodules=<mode>
> > - after this patch, diff takes --recurse-submodules=<mode>
> >
> > Is there a unifying principle?  Can Documentation/gitsubmodules.txt
> > say a word or two about what kind of argument values the user should
> > expect to be accepted by these options?
> I am not sure if the above is rhetorical.  The only thing such a
> document can say about status-quo is that the user cannot make an
> educated guess, as there is no consistency.  Some take an option to
> clarify which subset of submodules to act on, others take an option
> to specify what variant of operation to be made on the submodules.
> In the ideal world, the users ought to be able to give these two
> independently, i.e. "fetch" should be able to say "only fetch these
> submodules" with pathspec while "run the fetch in all of these
> submodules specified (with the pathspec) as necessary" with
> "on-demand" mode, for example.
> It may mean that it is too early to add "diff --recurse-submodules"
> as a synonym for "diff --submodule", before what we can do to
> improve the situation for commands that already take that
> "--recurse-submodules" option.

Good point. So let's retreat that patch for now?