Do not report an argument to clone's --reference option is not a local
directory.  Nothing checks for the actual directory so we have no way to
know if whether or not exists.  Telling the user that a directory doesn't
exist when that isn't actually known may lead him or her on the wrong
path to finding the problem.

Signed-off-by: Aaron Schrab <>
 builtin/clone.c | 2 +-
 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/builtin/clone.c b/builtin/clone.c
index f9c380e..0a1e0bf 100644
--- a/builtin/clone.c
+++ b/builtin/clone.c
@@ -241,7 +241,7 @@ static int add_one_reference(struct string_list_item *item, 
void *cb_data)
                ref_git = ref_git_git;
        } else if (!is_directory(mkpath("%s/objects", ref_git)))
-               die(_("reference repository '%s' is not a local directory."),
+               die(_("reference repository '%s' is not a local repository."),
        strbuf_addf(&alternate, "%s/objects", ref_git);

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