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[PATCH] clone: add `--remote-submodules` flag




When using `git clone --recurse-submodules` there was previously no way to
pass a `--remote` switch to the implicit `git submodule update` command for
any use case where you want the submodules to be checked out on their
remote-tracking branch rather than with the SHA-1 recorded in the superproject.

This patch rectifies this situation. It actually passes `--no-fetch` to
`git submodule update` as well on the grounds they the submodule has only just
been cloned, so fetching from the remote again only serves to slow things down.

Signed-off-by: Ben Avison <bavison@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
---
 Documentation/git-clone.txt        |  9 ++++-
 builtin/clone.c                    |  8 +++++
 t/t5617-clone-submodules-remote.sh | 54 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
 3 files changed, 70 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)
 create mode 100755 t/t5617-clone-submodules-remote.sh

diff --git a/Documentation/git-clone.txt b/Documentation/git-clone.txt
index a0f14b51f2..5fc97f14de 100644
--- a/Documentation/git-clone.txt
+++ b/Documentation/git-clone.txt
@@ -15,7 +15,8 @@ SYNOPSIS
 	  [--dissociate] [--separate-git-dir <git dir>]
 	  [--depth <depth>] [--[no-]single-branch] [--no-tags]
 	  [--recurse-submodules[=<pathspec>]] [--[no-]shallow-submodules]
-	  [--jobs <n>] [--] <repository> [<directory>]
+	  [--[no-]remote-submodules] [--jobs <n>] [--] <repository>
+	  [<directory>]
 
 DESCRIPTION
 -----------
@@ -260,6 +261,12 @@ or `--mirror` is given)
 --[no-]shallow-submodules::
 	All submodules which are cloned will be shallow with a depth of 1.
 
+--[no-]remote-submodules::
+	All submodules which are cloned will use the status of the submodule’s
+	remote-tracking branch to update the submodule, rather than the
+	superproject’s recorded SHA-1. Equivalent to passing `--remote` to
+	`git submodule update`.
+
 --separate-git-dir=<git dir>::
 	Instead of placing the cloned repository where it is supposed
 	to be, place the cloned repository at the specified directory,
diff --git a/builtin/clone.c b/builtin/clone.c
index 31a47d190a..9e5752ee41 100644
--- a/builtin/clone.c
+++ b/builtin/clone.c
@@ -67,6 +67,7 @@ static int max_jobs = -1;
 static struct string_list option_recurse_submodules = STRING_LIST_INIT_NODUP;
 static struct list_objects_filter_options filter_options;
 static struct string_list server_options = STRING_LIST_INIT_NODUP;
+static int option_remote_submodules;
 
 static int recurse_submodules_cb(const struct option *opt,
 				 const char *arg, int unset)
@@ -145,6 +146,8 @@ static struct option builtin_clone_options[] = {
 	OPT_SET_INT('6', "ipv6", &family, N_("use IPv6 addresses only"),
 			TRANSPORT_FAMILY_IPV6),
 	OPT_PARSE_LIST_OBJECTS_FILTER(&filter_options),
+	OPT_BOOL(0, "remote-submodules", &option_remote_submodules,
+		    N_("any cloned submodules will use their remote-tracking branch")),
 	OPT_END()
 };
 
@@ -792,6 +795,11 @@ static int checkout(int submodule_progress)
 		if (option_verbosity < 0)
 			argv_array_push(&args, "--quiet");
 
+		if (option_remote_submodules == 1) {
+			argv_array_push(&args, "--remote");
+			argv_array_push(&args, "--no-fetch");
+		}
+
 		err = run_command_v_opt(args.argv, RUN_GIT_CMD);
 		argv_array_clear(&args);
 	}
diff --git a/t/t5617-clone-submodules-remote.sh b/t/t5617-clone-submodules-remote.sh
new file mode 100755
index 0000000000..3ba9a55341
--- /dev/null
+++ b/t/t5617-clone-submodules-remote.sh
@@ -0,0 +1,54 @@
+#!/bin/sh
+
+test_description='Test cloning repos with submodules using remote-tracking branches'
+
+. ./test-lib.sh
+
+pwd=$(pwd)
+
+test_expect_success 'setup' '
+	git checkout -b master &&
+	test_commit commit1 &&
+	mkdir sub &&
+	(
+		cd sub &&
+		git init &&
+		test_commit subcommit1 &&
+		git tag sub_when_added_to_super
+	) &&
+	git submodule add "file://$pwd/sub" sub &&
+	git commit -m "add submodule" &&
+	(
+		cd sub &&
+		test_commit subcommit2
+	)
+'
+
+test_expect_success 'clone with --no-remote-submodules' '
+	test_when_finished "rm -rf super_clone" &&
+	git clone --recurse-submodules --no-remote-submodules "file://$pwd/." super_clone &&
+	(
+		cd super_clone/sub &&
+		git diff --exit-code sub_when_added_to_super
+	)
+'
+
+test_expect_success 'clone with --remote-submodules' '
+	test_when_finished "rm -rf super_clone" &&
+	git clone --recurse-submodules --remote-submodules "file://$pwd/." super_clone &&
+	(
+		cd super_clone/sub &&
+		git diff --exit-code remotes/origin/master
+	)
+'
+
+test_expect_success 'check the default is --no-remote-submodules' '
+	test_when_finished "rm -rf super_clone" &&
+	git clone --recurse-submodules --no-remote-submodules "file://$pwd/." super_clone &&
+	(
+		cd super_clone/sub &&
+		git diff --exit-code sub_when_added_to_super
+	)
+'
+
+test_done
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