On the git-svn(1) man page, the third example in the "Basic Examples"
section discusses how one can speed up the initial clone of a
Subversion repository by cloning it from Git first and linking it to
Subversion afterwards. However, it seems this example is not correct. I
have had several people try it on several different repositories, with
different git versions (specifically, 1.7 and 1.8) - and every time the
process fails at the same moment with the same error message:

$ git checkout -b master FETCH_HEAD
fatal: Cannot update paths and switch to branch 'master' at the same time.
Did you intend to checkout 'FETCH_HEAD' which can not be resolved as commit?

Therefore, I believe the man page ought to be updated so that the example works 

If you have any questions, please let me know (by direct e-mail - I am not 
subscribed to the mailing list).

All the best,
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