I use Vim a lot and I use Pathogen to sort my list of plugins. Since I don't really contribute to them, I just consume them, I don't really need to have the full history of the code base.
git clone has the
depth option which allows you to specify how deep you want to clone a repository. In this particular scenario, to clone Tim Pope's
vim-surround plugin, you would type:
$ cd ~/.vim/bundle $ git clone --depth 1 git://github.com/tpope/vim-surround
You get the latest snapshot of the plugin and save up space. It's not that big of a deal when you use one or two plugins, but if you use ten big ones like I do, you might wanna do this.