Could this change  be backported to VE release branches (REL1_32,
REL1_31, etc)? Without it initializing submodules fails due to the gerrit
path change. This may affect other extensions/projects as well, but this VE
error has been reported to me by several people. Until recently it had only
happened within within specific cloud hosting environments, but now I just
got the failure within Travis CI  which worked fine yesterday.
For what it's worth, the REL1_31 branches etc. still work fine for me (I
just tried cloning VE from scratch using REL1_31). I only get a message
like "warning: redirecting to ..." when cloning/pulling. I wonder if you
might be using an older Git version or something?