Nguyen Thai Ngoc Duy <> writes:

> This is the documentation part of
> 1a9d7e9 (attr.c: read .gitattributes from index as well. - 2007-08-14)
> 06f33c1 (Read attributes from the index that is being checked out - 
> 2009-03-13)
> Signed-off-by: Nguyễn Thái Ngọc Duy <>
> ---
>  I looked around but did not see anywhere mentioning this. If I did
>  not miss anything, then we should take a note about this to avoid
>  surprises.
>  Resend, this time git@vger is CCed. Sorry for the noise.
>  Documentation/gitattributes.txt | 6 ++++++
>  1 file changed, 6 insertions(+)
> diff --git a/Documentation/gitattributes.txt b/Documentation/gitattributes.txt
> index 99ed04d..8c52a99 100644
> --- a/Documentation/gitattributes.txt
> +++ b/Documentation/gitattributes.txt
> @@ -66,6 +66,12 @@ is from the path in question, the lower its precedence). 
> Finally
>  global and system-wide files are considered (they have the lowest
>  precedence).
> +Normally if `.gitattributes` is not found in a directory in work tree,
> +the same path in the index is examined. If there's a `.gitattributes`
> +version in the index, that version will be used. During checkout process,
> +the order of examination is reversed: index version is preferred over
> +the work tree version.
> +

Yeah, thanks for writing it up.  The "direction" fix was done to
help people when they check out a commit when a different commit
with different .gitattributes is checked out to the working tree.

>  If you wish to affect only a single repository (i.e., to assign
>  attributes to files that are particular to
>  one user's workflow for that repository), then
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