Patching submodules


Hi all - 

I have a recipe that I'd like to patch - the source is in a repo which has a submodule, and the patch occurs in the submodule. Is there a way I can apply this patch without getting an error? I do kind of understand why it's a problem - the patch is changing the pointer of the submodule to a commit which doesn't actually exist. Do I need to build the submodule as a separate recipe and patch it separately maybe? 

I used devtool for the patch and if I don't run the devtool reset command, then everything builds, but I think this is just because the workspace created by devtool was added as a layer, which probably isn't a good long term solution. 

The error I get (pasted below) says I can "enforce with -f" but I'm not sure where that option goes exactly. Thanks for the help! 


Error on build: 
ERROR: opc-ua-server-gfex-1.0+gitAUTOINC+921c563309-r0 do_patch: Command Error: 'quilt --quiltrc /local/d6/easmith5/rocko_bitbake/poky/build/tmp/work/aarch64-poky-linux/opc-ua-server-gfex/1.0+gitAUTOINC+921c563309-r0/recipe-sysroot-native/etc/quiltrc push' exited with 0  Output:
Applying patch 0001-Update-Poverty-to-point-to-boost-python3.patch
File Poverty is not a regular file -- refusing to patch
1 out of 1 hunk ignored -- rejects in file
Patch 0001-Update-Poverty-to-point-to-boost-python3.patch does not apply (enforce with -f)
ERROR: opc-ua-server-gfex-1.0+gitAUTOINC+921c563309-r0 do_patch: Function failed: patch_do_patch

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