Git won't update a directory

I have a nicely functioning git repo on
However I have one directory that doesn’t seem to be under my repo’s control.

Whenever I push changes, anything in that directory is left behind. If I clone the repo into a new location, that directory shows up, but it’s empty.

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    When I view the listing of this section of the repo in Bitbucket, that directory displays thus:
    commerce_shipworks → eb549bd63c0b [eb549bd63c0b]

    Does this mean it’s pointing to some other branch that I am not connected to?
    Bottom line – how can I regain control of this batch of code?

    Any help appreciated.

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  • One Solution collect form web for “Git won't update a directory”

    It looks like this is a submodule, or “accidental” submodule.

    Is there .gitmodule file?

    If not, it’s likely an accidental submodule, meaning where somebody did a git clone into a subdirectory, and didn’t remove the .git folder.

    From this website:

    Here is what you need to do in order to remove the submodule and add
    as a subfolder:

    git rm --cached subfolder
    git add subfolder
    git commit -m "Enter message here"
    git push

    Now the origin should be able to see the contents of the subfolder.

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