git, https URLs, invalid SSL certificates

My recent git problem looked like this:

$ git clone
Cloning into 'REPO'...
fatal: unable to access '': SSL certificate problem: unable to get local issuer certificate

What are the available approaches?

  1. get a proper certificate and use it!
  2. switch off SSL verification!

Approach (1) is certainly better than (2). But maybe you are not in a position to get (1) done. So how does (2) work?

Read up on sslVerify here:

You can have a “global” / “fall-back” sslVerify setting, and you can also have one in a section dedicated to a unique server:

[http ""]
sslVerify = false
cookieFile = /tmp/cookie.txt

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