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NAME

       git-clone - Clone a repository into a new directory

SYNOPSIS

       git clone [--template=<template_directory>]
                 [-l] [-s] [--no-hardlinks] [-q] [-n] [--bare] [--mirror]
                 [-o <name>] [-b <name>] [-u <upload-pack>] [--reference <repository>]
                 [--separate-git-dir <git dir>]
                 [--depth <depth>] [--recursive|--recurse-submodules] [--] <repository>
                 [<directory>]

DESCRIPTION

       Clones a repository into a newly created directory, creates remote-tracking branches for
       each branch in the cloned repository (visible using git branch -r), and creates and checks
       out an initial branch that is forked from the cloned repository’s currently active branch.

       After the clone, a plain git fetch without arguments will update all the remote-tracking
       branches, and a git pull without arguments will in addition merge the remote master branch
       into the current master branch, if any.

       This default configuration is achieved by creating references to the remote branch heads
       under refs/remotes/origin and by initializing remote.origin.url and remote.origin.fetch
       configuration variables.

OPTIONS

       --local, -l
           When the repository to clone from is on a local machine, this flag bypasses the normal
           "git aware" transport mechanism and clones the repository by making a copy of HEAD and
           everything under objects and refs directories. The files under .git/objects/ directory
           are hardlinked to save space when possible. This is now the default when the source
           repository is specified with /path/to/repo syntax, so it essentially is a no-op
           option. To force copying instead of hardlinking (which may be desirable if you are
           trying to make a back-up of your repository), but still avoid the usual "git aware"
           transport mechanism, --no-hardlinks can be used.

       --no-hardlinks
           Optimize the cloning process from a repository on a local filesystem by copying files
           under .git/objects directory.

       --shared, -s
           When the repository to clone is on the local machine, instead of using hard links,
           automatically setup .git/objects/info/alternates to share the objects with the source
           repository. The resulting repository starts out without any object of its own.

           NOTE: this is a possibly dangerous operation; do not use it unless you understand what
           it does. If you clone your repository using this option and then delete branches (or
           use any other git command that makes any existing commit unreferenced) in the source
           repository, some objects may become unreferenced (or dangling). These objects may be
           removed by normal git operations (such as git commit) which automatically call git gc
           --auto. (See git-gc(1).) If these objects are removed and were referenced by the
           cloned repository, then the cloned repository will become corrupt.

           Note that running git repack without the -l option in a repository cloned with -s will
           copy objects from the source repository into a pack in the cloned repository, removing
           the disk space savings of clone -s. It is safe, however, to run git gc, which uses the
           -l option by default.

           If you want to break the dependency of a repository cloned with -s on its source
           repository, you can simply run git repack -a to copy all objects from the source
           repository into a pack in the cloned repository.

       --reference <repository>
           If the reference repository is on the local machine, automatically setup
           .git/objects/info/alternates to obtain objects from the reference repository. Using an
           already existing repository as an alternate will require fewer objects to be copied
           from the repository being cloned, reducing network and local storage costs.

           NOTE: see the NOTE for the --shared option.

       --quiet, -q
           Operate quietly. Progress is not reported to the standard error stream. This flag is
           also passed to the ‘rsync’ command when given.

       --verbose, -v
           Run verbosely. Does not affect the reporting of progress status to the standard error
           stream.

       --progress
           Progress status is reported on the standard error stream by default when it is
           attached to a terminal, unless -q is specified. This flag forces progress status even
           if the standard error stream is not directed to a terminal.

       --no-checkout, -n
           No checkout of HEAD is performed after the clone is complete.

       --bare
           Make a bare GIT repository. That is, instead of creating <directory> and placing the
           administrative files in <directory>/.git, make the <directory> itself the $GIT_DIR.
           This obviously implies the -n because there is nowhere to check out the working tree.
           Also the branch heads at the remote are copied directly to corresponding local branch
           heads, without mapping them to refs/remotes/origin/. When this option is used, neither
           remote-tracking branches nor the related configuration variables are created.

       --mirror
           Set up a mirror of the source repository. This implies --bare. Compared to --bare,
           --mirror not only maps local branches of the source to local branches of the target,
           it maps all refs (including remote-tracking branches, notes etc.) and sets up a
           refspec configuration such that all these refs are overwritten by a git remote update
           in the target repository.

       --origin <name>, -o <name>
           Instead of using the remote name origin to keep track of the upstream repository, use
           <name>.

       --branch <name>, -b <name>
           Instead of pointing the newly created HEAD to the branch pointed to by the cloned
           repository’s HEAD, point to <name> branch instead. In a non-bare repository, this is
           the branch that will be checked out.

       --upload-pack <upload-pack>, -u <upload-pack>
           When given, and the repository to clone from is accessed via ssh, this specifies a
           non-default path for the command run on the other end.

       --template=<template_directory>
           Specify the directory from which templates will be used; (See the "TEMPLATE DIRECTORY"
           section of git-init(1).)

       --config <key>=<value>, -c <key>=<value>
           Set a configuration variable in the newly-created repository; this takes effect
           immediately after the repository is initialized, but before the remote history is
           fetched or any files checked out. The key is in the same format as expected by git-
           config(1) (e.g., core.eol=true). If multiple values are given for the same key, each
           value will be written to the config file. This makes it safe, for example, to add
           additional fetch refspecs to the origin remote.

       --depth <depth>
           Create a shallow clone with a history truncated to the specified number of revisions.
           A shallow repository has a number of limitations (you cannot clone or fetch from it,
           nor push from nor into it), but is adequate if you are only interested in the recent
           history of a large project with a long history, and would want to send in fixes as
           patches.

       --recursive, --recurse-submodules
           After the clone is created, initialize all submodules within, using their default
           settings. This is equivalent to running git submodule update --init --recursive
           immediately after the clone is finished. This option is ignored if the cloned
           repository does not have a worktree/checkout (i.e. if any of --no-checkout/-n, --bare,
           or --mirror is given)

       --separate-git-dir=<git dir>
           Instead of placing the cloned repository where it is supposed to be, place the cloned
           repository at the specified directory, then make a filesytem-agnostic git symbolic
           link to there. The result is git repository can be separated from working tree.

       <repository>
           The (possibly remote) repository to clone from. See the URLS section below for more
           information on specifying repositories.

       <directory>
           The name of a new directory to clone into. The "humanish" part of the source
           repository is used if no directory is explicitly given (repo for /path/to/repo.git and
           foo for host.xz:foo/.git). Cloning into an existing directory is only allowed if the
           directory is empty.

GIT URLS

       In general, URLs contain information about the transport protocol, the address of the
       remote server, and the path to the repository. Depending on the transport protocol, some
       of this information may be absent.

       Git natively supports ssh, git, http, https, ftp, ftps, and rsync protocols. The following
       syntaxes may be used with them:

       ·   ssh://[user@]host.xz[:port]/path/to/repo.git/

       ·   git://host.xz[:port]/path/to/repo.git/

       ·   http[s]://host.xz[:port]/path/to/repo.git/

       ·   ftp[s]://host.xz[:port]/path/to/repo.git/

       ·   rsync://host.xz/path/to/repo.git/

       An alternative scp-like syntax may also be used with the ssh protocol:

       ·   [user@]host.xz:path/to/repo.git/

       The ssh and git protocols additionally support ~username expansion:

       ·   ssh://[user@]host.xz[:port]/~[user]/path/to/repo.git/

       ·   git://host.xz[:port]/~[user]/path/to/repo.git/

       ·   [user@]host.xz:/~[user]/path/to/repo.git/

       For local repositories, also supported by git natively, the following syntaxes may be
       used:

       ·   /path/to/repo.git/

       ·    file:///path/to/repo.git/

       These two syntaxes are mostly equivalent, except the former implies --local option.

       When git doesn’t know how to handle a certain transport protocol, it attempts to use the
       remote-<transport> remote helper, if one exists. To explicitly request a remote helper,
       the following syntax may be used:

       ·   <transport>::<address>

       where <address> may be a path, a server and path, or an arbitrary URL-like string
       recognized by the specific remote helper being invoked. See git-remote-helpers(1) for
       details.

       If there are a large number of similarly-named remote repositories and you want to use a
       different format for them (such that the URLs you use will be rewritten into URLs that
       work), you can create a configuration section of the form:

                   [url "<actual url base>"]
                           insteadOf = <other url base>

       For example, with this:

                   [url "git://git.host.xz/"]
                           insteadOf = host.xz:/path/to/
                           insteadOf = work:

       a URL like "work:repo.git" or like "host.xz:/path/to/repo.git" will be rewritten in any
       context that takes a URL to be "git://git.host.xz/repo.git".

       If you want to rewrite URLs for push only, you can create a configuration section of the
       form:

                   [url "<actual url base>"]
                           pushInsteadOf = <other url base>

       For example, with this:

                   [url "ssh://example.org/"]
                           pushInsteadOf = git://example.org/

       a URL like "git://example.org/path/to/repo.git" will be rewritten to
       "ssh://example.org/path/to/repo.git" for pushes, but pulls will still use the original
       URL.

EXAMPLES

       ·   Clone from upstream:

               $ git clone git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/.../linux-2.6 my2.6
               $ cd my2.6
               $ make

       ·   Make a local clone that borrows from the current directory, without checking things
           out:

               $ git clone -l -s -n . ../copy
               $ cd ../copy
               $ git show-branch

       ·   Clone from upstream while borrowing from an existing local directory:

               $ git clone --reference my2.6 \
                       git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/.../linux-2.7 \
                       my2.7
               $ cd my2.7

       ·   Create a bare repository to publish your changes to the public:

               $ git clone --bare -l /home/proj/.git /pub/scm/proj.git

       ·   Create a repository on the kernel.org machine that borrows from Linus:

               $ git clone --bare -l -s /pub/scm/.../torvalds/linux-2.6.git \
                   /pub/scm/.../me/subsys-2.6.git

GIT

       Part of the git(1) suite