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Subject: Re: [boost] [git][predef] Pull fails
From: Andrey Semashev (andrey.semashev_at_[hidden])
Date: 2014-01-26 15:08:30

On Sun, Jan 26, 2014 at 11:14 PM, Daniel James <dnljms_at_[hidden]> wrote:
> Assuming that you haven't made any local commits, you can delete your
> local branch (git branch -D develop) or check it out and reset to the
> remote branch (git reset --hard origin/develop).

Thanks, Daniel, but I eventually re-downloaded the whole Boost
repository, which seems to have fixed it. It took another couple of
hours though.

One question. Wouldn't 'git branch -D develop' modify my history so
that it becomes out of sync with the upstream? Boost.Predef is not my
library, I wouldn't want any pending changes to be in my local copy.

>> And I have similar problems with Boost.Build. When I do 'git submodule
>> foreach git checkout develop' it checks out something outdated, with
>> v2 directory at the top level, saying that it has diverged from
>> origin/develop. Doing 'git pull', as it suggests, only brings a bunch
>> of conflicts and merges, and a half-merged tree in tools/build.
> 'develop' is your local branch, which contains an older version. You
> can fix it as I wrote above. But it's best not to bother checking out
> branches for modules you aren't working on, just let the super project
> manage them.

The problem with 'git submodule update' is that it leaves all
submodules in detached state and I can't commit any changes. Also I
want to be sure that I'm modifying the latest version from git and not
some intermediate version referenced by the supermodule. So I need an
equivalent for 'svn update' and 'git submodule foreach git pull' is
the closest replacement that I know of.

>> PS: I'm really running out of polite words now towards git. This pile
>> of... bytes have given me nothing but trouble so far. I'm spending 1.5
>> hours now trying just to update the damn local copy, and every update
>> command runs for ages, because apparently it authenticates for every
>> submodule every time. Who in good will would use this... tool? <sigh>
>> I was probably born on another planet.
> Is that using 'git submodule foreach ...'?


> The command for each module
> is run in a new process so it can't reuse existing connections. I also
> imagine it's extra slow on windows as processes are quite expensive.

That's what I'm thinking as well. SVN was really faster with updates.
And simpler.

> 'git pull' can be a bit smarter about fetching submodules, and I think
> 'git submodule update --init' works locally.

'git pull' (in superproject) doesn't update submodules. I'm not even
sure it fetches their history, but I may be wrong.

'git submodule update --init' does fetch submodules when initializing.
Not sure if that's the case when the submodule is initialized. But as
I said, it leaves the submodules detached, which is not what I want.

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