On Thu, 26 May 2016 08:44:03 -0700
Michael <keybou...@gmail.com> wrote:

> > Impossible with `git clone` as it's tailored for the most common
> > case which is "get everything".
> > You need a two-step operation:
> > 
> >  git init vlc
> >  cd vlc
> >  git fetch https://github.com/videolan/vlc.git
> > 412dd75428226d10044e80e741addecb24dbedb5:mybranch
> > 
> > This command will create a local branch "mybranch" which tip commit
> > will be that one identified by that SHA-1 hash.
> More to the point, this is the first time that I've seen that it's
> even possible to start with less than a full clone. Thank you.

BTW this is not merely "a neat trick": the fact Git is perfectly able
to fetch any chain of commits from anywhere into the local repository
and create a ref pointing to it has practical uses for already existing
repositories -- not just a way to "start small".  This approach is used
for stitching histories of independent repositories using
`git subtree split` ... `git subtree add` and "vendoring" external code
by means of using the so-called subtree merging.

As to `git clone` itself, it's also not too limited in its capabilities
with regard to getting less history the source repo contains: look at
its "--depth" and "--single-branch" command-line options.  It just
appears to not support directly the OP's requirement: fetch via an
arbitrary commit name rather than ref name.

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