Git Weirdness, Part 2

Ok, now this is just ridiculous:

[brian@machine1 airconfig $] pwd
/home/brian/src/airconfig
[brian@machine1 airconfig $] git branch -a
  advanced-ip-settings
* master
  nm-frontend
  notification-rework
  reconnect
  origin/master
  origin/pre-hal
[brian@machine1 airconfig $] cd .. && mkdir t && cd t
[brian@machine1 t $] git clone ../airconfig
Initialized empty Git repository in /home/brian/src/t/airconfig/.git/
[brian@machine1 t $] cd airconfig
[brian@machine1 airconfig $] git branch -a
* master
  origin/HEAD
  origin/advanced-ip-settings
  origin/master
  origin/nm-frontend
  origin/notification-rework
  origin/reconnect

Ok, that makes sense! Now:

[brian@machine1 airconfig $] cd ..
[brian@machine1 t $] rm -rf airconfig
[brian@machine1 t $]  git clone file:///home/brian/src/airconfig
Initialized empty Git repository in /home/brian/src/t/airconfig/.git/
remote: Counting objects: 1272, done.
remote: Compressing objects: 100% (486/486), done.
remote: Total 1272 (delta 778), reused 1270 (delta 776)
Receiving objects: 100% (1272/1272), 360.40 KiB, done.
Resolving deltas: 100% (778/778), done.
[brian@machine1 t $] cd airconfig
[brian@machine1 airconfig $] git branch -a
* master
  origin/HEAD
  origin/advanced-ip-settings
  origin/master
  origin/pre-hal

What. The. Fuck.

Yes, the git-clone man page tells me that, when using a local pathname (and not using a file: URI), it assumes the other repo is local and uses hardlinks between the repos. But hey, if I specify --no-hardlinks when cloning, I still get all branches if I use the "../airconfig" method.

And if I go to machine2 and do "git clone machine1:src/airconfig" I get the same broken result with the file:// method.

Git, I think you rock. But why does your user interface suck so much? And why do you just appear to be broken right now? I can't seem to find anything else in the man page to help here. (I'm using git 1.6.1.3 if that matters.)