When using git filter-branch --prune-empty --directory-filter foo/bar
to extract the history of the foo/bar directory, I am getting a very
strange result.

Directory foo/bar is "slow moving". Say, 22 commits out of several
thousand. I would like to extract just those 22 commits.

Instead, I get ~1500 commits, which seem to have not been skipped
because they are merge commits. Merges completely immaterial to this

As they have not been skipped, they are fully fleshed out. By this, I
mean that we have the whole tree in place. So these 22 commits appear
with foo/bar pulled out to the root of the project, in the midst of
1500 commits with a full tree.

The commit diffs make no sense what-so-ever.

Am I doing it wrong?

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