Try using a range of commits, like -r9999:HEAD or something like that.
In the past, I've used a Linux machine to make the initial git-svn clone,
and then have Windows machine base their clones on this (and doing a
git-svn init inside their clones so they can do git svn dcommit &
rebase) to avoid the long wait for the initial clone.
I'm guessing that the difference for cloning a big SVN repository could be
anywhere from twice-as-fast to ten-times-as-fast on Linux, so it could be
worth a try.
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