Restoring deleted submodules

Suppose that I have a submodule dir1/dir2 (created via the steps shown below). How do I restore the submodule dir2 after having deleted it?

git submodule update complains that the submodule does not exist, and git reset HEAD --hard restores dir2 but not its contents. I am creating the submodule in the following way :

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  • mkdir dir1
    cd dir1/
    mkdir dir2
    cd dir2/
    touch 1.txt
    git init
    git add 1.txt
    git commit -m "test"
    cd ..
    git init
    git submodule add ./dir2/
    git commit -m "adding submodule"
    rm -r dir2
    **** Now how do I restore dir2 and its contents? ****

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  • One Solution collect form web for “Restoring deleted submodules”

    Initializing a git repo within dir2 (cd dir2; git init) doesn’t make dir2 a submodule.

    It just make dir2 a nested repo which will be ignored by any parent repo.
    Deleting dir2 means you have no direct way to retrieve its content.

    You could have done git submodule add /another/path/dir2, with dir2 a repo outside of dir1.
    Then it would have been possible to restore dir2.

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