Oops. With further googling on this issue, it appears that the Linux source 
tree cannot be checked out to a non-case sensitive file system and be 
expected to compile/work properly:


On Wednesday, August 28, 2013 3:41:36 PM UTC+8, TC Wan wrote:
> Thanks a lot for solving this mystery. Looks like the original repository 
> needs cleaning up.

So NO, the repository was fine, it is just not compatible with HFS+ default 
non-case sensitive configuration. 
There appears to be no workaround (the sparsecheckout workaround appears to 
just not checkout the problematic directories) that I have found.

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