Here's a problem I was having. I was trying to clone branches/foo/bar
from a certain repo, where the last change on branches/foo looked like:
A /branches/foo/bar (from /trunk/foo/bar:12345)
By itself I couldn't get this to work; it would check out the HEAD, but
wouldn't follow the copy to fetch any history.
I tried --stdlayout, but that worked even worse; nothing got checked out
Finally by trial and error I figured out to use --minimize-url.
I'd like to ask that this be more properly documented, especially
stating that it is necessary to follow copies between branches and
trunk. Or better yet, given that not following such copies is arguably
broken, make it the default (even without -T/-t/-b/-s).
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