AFAIK Git has two ways to clone a repository with respect to submodules:

*(1)* Plain clone of just the repository itself:

git clone git://github.com/foo/bar.git

*(2)* Recursive clone of the repository including all its submodules:

git clone --recursive git://github.com/foo/bar.git

I am working on a big cross platform project and on certain platforms I 
don't need certain submodules. AFAIK there is no way to selectively clone 
only a subset of the submodules with the standard command line interface. I 
wonder if something like an exclude pattern for submodules would be of 
general interest. I imagine a call like this after a plain "clone" 

git submodule update --init --recursive --exclude 3rdParty/Windows/*

or even:

git clone --recursive --exclude 3rdParty/Windows/* git://github.com/foo/bar.git

Please let me know what you think.



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