You can clone with
HTTPS or Subversion.
I have alias git=hub set up. When I try to run git clone -l . ../copy I get the following error:
git clone -l . ../copy
Cloning into '../copy'...
ERROR: Repository not found.
fatal: The remote end hung up unexpectedly
Running unalias git and rerunning the command executes the local clone as desired.
avoid messing up git clone from local repository