Signed-off-by: Olaf Klischat <>
 Documentation/git-add.txt |   15 +++++++++++----
 1 file changed, 11 insertions(+), 4 deletions(-)

diff --git a/Documentation/git-add.txt b/Documentation/git-add.txt
index fd9e36b..a5a1cd1 100644
--- a/Documentation/git-add.txt
+++ b/Documentation/git-add.txt
@@ -38,10 +38,12 @@ files have changes that are staged for the next commit.
 The `git add` command will not add ignored files by default.  If any
 ignored files were explicitly specified on the command line, `git add`
-will fail with a list of ignored files.  Ignored files reached by
-directory recursion or filename globbing performed by Git (quote your
-globs before the shell) will be silently ignored.  The 'git add' command can
-be used to add ignored files with the `-f` (force) option.
+will fail with a list of ignored files unless the `-s` (silent-ignore)
+option was given.  Ignored files reached by directory recursion or
+filename globbing performed by Git (quote your globs before the shell)
+will always be silently ignored.  The 'git add' command can be used to
+add ignored files with the `-f` (force) option (which is mutually
+exclusive with `-s`).
 Please see linkgit:git-commit[1] for alternative ways to add content to a
@@ -69,6 +71,11 @@ OPTIONS
        Allow adding otherwise ignored files.
+       Don't fail if ignored files were specified explicitly; ignore them
+       silently and continue.
        Add modified contents in the working tree interactively to

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