The documentation mentionned only newlines and double quotes as
characters needing escaping, but the backslash also needs it. Also, the
documentation was not clearly saying that double quotes around the file
name were required (double quotes in the examples could be interpreted as
part of the sentence, not part of the actual string).

Signed-off-by: Matthieu Moy <>
 Documentation/git-fast-import.txt | 5 +++--
 1 file changed, 3 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

diff --git a/Documentation/git-fast-import.txt 
index 6603a7a..35b909c 100644
--- a/Documentation/git-fast-import.txt
+++ b/Documentation/git-fast-import.txt
@@ -558,8 +558,9 @@ A `<path>` string must use UNIX-style directory separators 
 slash `/`), may contain any byte other than `LF`, and must not
 start with double quote (`"`).
-If an `LF` or double quote must be encoded into `<path>` shell-style
-quoting should be used, e.g. `"path/with\n and \" in it"`.
+If an `LF`, backslash or double quote must be encoded into `<path>`
+shell-style quoting should be used, and the complete name should be
+surrounded with double quotes e.g. `"path/with\n, \\ and \" in it"`.
 The value of `<path>` must be in canonical form. That is it must not:

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