Stefan Näwe <> writes:

>> Is there any reason why 'git clone -b' only takes a branch (from refs/heads/)
>> or a tag (from refs/tags/) ?

Because they are common enough, and doing the same for an arbitrary
object is just as easy to do something like:

        git clone -n
        git checkout $an_arbitrary_commit_object_name^0

>> Background: At $dayjob we're using some kind of 'hidden' refs (in 
>> refs/releases/)
>> to communicate between the 'branch integrator' (who creates the ref in 
>> refs/releases/)
>> and the 'build master' who wants to build that ref. 

While I wasn't paying much attention to this, I vaguely recall that
people pointed out that using a fresh clone every time may not be
what you want to do in the first place, and I happen to agree with
them (and that is why I am not very much interested in this topic).
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