How to delete a git submodule

I am confused to why the git submodule command is not symmetrical. The command supports adding a submodule, but it doesn’t have a delete submodule command. Why? The argument for “preventing deleting changes” in the stack overflow post is not very convincing. Nevertheless, I found it useful to know how to delete a submodule, so I am just pasting John Douthat / philfreo’s answer here:

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To remove a submodule you need to:

  1. Delete the relevant line from the .gitmodules file.
  2. Delete the relevant section from .git/config.
  3. Run git rm --cached path_to_submodule (no trailing slash).
  4. Commit and delete the now untracked submodule files.
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