Describe what the option --follow-parent does, and what happens if it is
set or unset.

Signed-off-by: Sebastian Leske <>
 Documentation/git-svn.txt |   15 ++++++++++++---
 1 file changed, 12 insertions(+), 3 deletions(-)

diff --git a/Documentation/git-svn.txt b/Documentation/git-svn.txt
index d8e5082..021fb0e 100644
--- a/Documentation/git-svn.txt
+++ b/Documentation/git-svn.txt
@@ -628,10 +628,19 @@ ADVANCED OPTIONS
        Default: "svn"
+       This option is only relevant if we are tracking branches (using
+       one of the repository layout options --trunk, --tags,
+       --branches, --stdlayout). For each tracked branch, try to find
+       out where its revision was copied from, and set
+       a suitable parent in the first git commit for the branch.
        This is especially helpful when we're tracking a directory
-       that has been moved around within the repository, or if we
-       started tracking a branch and never tracked the trunk it was
-       descended from. This feature is enabled by default, use
+       that has been moved around within the repository.  If this
+       feature is disabled, the branches created by 'git svn' will all
+       be linear and not share any history, meaning that there will be
+       no information on where branches were branched off or merged.
+       However, following long/convoluted histories can take a long
+       time, so disabling this feature may speed up the cloning
+       process. This feature is enabled by default, use
        --no-follow-parent to disable it.

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