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  • Action: clones a repository into a new directory
  • Format: git clone <URL.git>

A "clone" is a new copy of an existing project repository.

The files will be placed in a subfolder of the current folder, and will refuse to put anything into an existing folder – so if you already have a project folder set up, you'll need to delete it (or rename it temporarily if you need to merge the contents).

I'm not sure what this means, but it seems relevant → After cloning, 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, unless the "--single-branch" option is used. (Note that these would need to be executed inside the project folder. Doing a "git pull" right after "git clone ..." resulted only in the message "Already up-to-date." when I tried it just now.)


  • Q: What happens if you clone a repository into the same directory you cloned it into earlier?
    • A: You can't; the clone command will respond "fatal: destination path '<project name>' already exists and is not an empty directory.".