I just came across a great tool to "shallow copy" a git repository.
I often clone git repositories as a starting point for my projects, or for learning purposes.
But I don't need the fully-fledged git history that comes with it.
To do that, I use
But there's a better way:
degit makes copies of git repositories. When you run
degit some-user/some-repo, it will find the latest commit on [https://github.com/some-user/some-repo] and download the associated tar file to
~/.degit/some-user/some-repo/commithash.tar.gzif it doesn't already exist locally. (This is much quicker than using
git clone, because you're not downloading the entire git history.)
degit is a straightforward tool that's easy to use.