You can convert a shallow clone of a repository to a full clone in the following steps:
- Navigate to the directory of the shallow cloned repository;
- (Optional) Verify that the repository is indeed shallow;
- Fetch all the missing objects and references from the remote repository;
- (Optional) Verify that the repository is no longer shallow.
These steps translate to the following commands in terminal:
# 1: navigate to directory of shallow cloned repo $ cd path/to/shallow-cloned-repo # 2: verify repo is shallow $ git rev-parse --is-shallow-repository # 3: fetch missing objects and references from remote $ git fetch --unshallow # 4: verify repo is not shallow $ git rev-parse --is-shallow-repository
This works by performing a "deepening" operation by fetching all the missing objects and references from the remote repository, converting your shallow cloned repository to a full clone. Doing so will allow you to access the complete history and all branches of the repository.
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