submodule - github link to another repo

Linking a single file from another git repository (1)

How do you link a single file from another git repository to your own repository? I don't want the full repository, just a single file. Using git submodule seems like the right route to go, but it wants to grab the whole thing.

Considering that the unit of work for git is a repository (or more precisely a repository content), I don't think you can easily integrate one file.

If you don't need its history, you could consider simply copy it in your repo.
But if you do need the history, then some git filter-branch (as in "git: How to split off library from project? filter-branch, subtree?") are in order. That seems a lot of effort for just one file though.

In theory, "git: symlink/reference to a file in an external repository" suggests a solution combining submodule and symlink.
(from Pavel Šimerda)

$ git submodule add /url/submodule/<reponame>
$ ln -s <reponame>/path/to/<linked_file>
$ git add .gitmodules <linked_file>
$ git commit -m "add a symbolic link to <linked_file> with the respective submodule"