I would have never thought to read that thread based on the title :)
I did find something here that I think answers my question
On Monday, October 21, 2013 10:55:31 AM UTC-4, Konstantin Khomoutov wrote:
> On Mon, 21 Oct 2013 07:43:15 -0700 (PDT)
> > 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. https://groups.google.com/d/msg/git-users/q3Ta5jGhqUk/3RNnFnQcH08J
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