I would have never thought to read that thread based on the title :)

I did find something here that I think answers my question

http://stackoverflow.com/questions/4479960/git-checkout-to-a-specific-folder


On Monday, October 21, 2013 10:55:31 AM UTC-4, Konstantin Khomoutov wrote:
>
> On Mon, 21 Oct 2013 07:43:15 -0700 (PDT) 
> Aaron Cook <cooka...@gmail.com <javascript:>> wrote: 
>
> > I need to checkout a copy of a folder into another temporary 
> > "scratch" folder. 
> > 
> > For example, I have a directory 
> > 
> > /myproject/junk 
> > 
> > I want to checkout a previous copy of "junk into "junk_temp" so I get 
> > /myproject/junk <- HEAD 
> > /myproject/junk_temp <- some other rev. 
> > 
> > I know I could just do a git checkout revision# -- junk , copy the 
> > folder using cp, and then check junk out back to what it was. 
> > 
> > I was hoping there is a little cleaner way of doing this that didn't 
> > involve checking out the folder in the event that folder had 
> > modifications. 
>
> Has been discussed just yesterday [1]. 
>
> 1. https://groups.google.com/d/msg/git-users/q3Ta5jGhqUk/3RNnFnQcH08J 
>

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