migrating plugins from svn to git

Until recently, I was a using svn and piston to manage my dozens of
plugins over a few projects. Now, I'm on the git train (literally,
since I switched to have access to my repository on the train).
Unfortunately, when I migrated my projects over to git I lost all my
piston tracking of plugins. Is there a best practice for migrating
existing plugins over to submodules, piston, or braid? Note, many of
my plugins have local edits to either add or fix functionality, so I
don't want to simply blow them away.

I just spent the last hour or so looking around, but everything I
found starts from scratch. I have a large project(s) with dozens of
plugins each.

gobigdave wrote:

I would first look to see if the plugin has been converted to git
already. Try searching on github or gitorious.

If not, then go ahead and do a git-svn import, then create a
git-submodule in your rails app. Works the best for me!

Sam Granieri wrote:

gobigdave wrote:

I would first look to see if the plugin has been converted to git
already. Try searching on github or gitorious.

If not, then go ahead and do a git-svn import, then create a
git-submodule in your rails app. Works the best for me!

I am also trying to get my footing using git, and from what I've read,
it is preferable to use git submodule to add plugins to your projects
than just simply cloning them in. Is this what you've found, and why?

Personally, I was content just cloning those bad boys in, but then I
started noticing some very odd behavior. For example, let's say I had
already cloned in a few plugins. Then, let's say I add another one, and
instead of doing git add /path/to/plugin, I just do a "git add ." When I
do that, git wants to delete some of my existing plugins, though I
haven't yet figured out in what order or pattern it tries to delete my
existing plugins.

Also, I am curious to know how submodules work out in a deployment
environment, and pushing to a remote repository. To my knowledge, when
you're tracking other repos with submodules, it doesn't automatically
add the submodule to your repository. I believe you have to do a
submodule init or something. Can anyone speak to this? Thanks.