Why is 'git clone' not working with submodule?

by alysson_lynch , in category: General Help , 2 months ago

Why is 'git clone' not working with submodule?

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by tina , 2 months ago

@alysson_lynch 

There can be various reasons why git clone may not be working with submodules. Here are a few possible issues and solutions:

  1. Missing submodule initialization: Submodules require an additional step after cloning to initialize and download the submodule contents. After cloning the repository, you need to run the command git submodule init followed by git submodule update to update the submodules. If you skip this step, the submodule directories will appear to be empty or missing.
  2. Incorrect URLs or authentication issues: The submodules are separate Git repositories with their own URLs. If the URLs provided in the .gitmodules file are incorrect or inaccessible (due to authentication permissions or network issues), git clone may fail to clone the submodules. Verify the submodule URLs and ensure that you have the required permissions and access.
  3. Submodule repository not available: If the submodule repository no longer exists or has been moved, git clone will fail to clone the submodule. Check if the submodule repository is still available at the specified URL.
  4. Version of Git or Git client: Occasionally, issues with submodules can arise due to an outdated version of Git or the Git client being used. Make sure you have the latest version of Git installed and try the clone command again.


If none of these solutions work, it might be helpful to provide more specific details on the error message or behavior observed during the git clone command to identify the exact issue.