The old Git version where it appeared is not useful only to historians,
not to normal users. Also, the text was mentioning only the per-repo
config file, so add a mention of ~/.gitconfig. Describing in details the
system-wide, XDG and all would be counter-productive here, so reword the
description of the link to git-config to make it clear that it is not
only a list of configuration options.

Signed-off-by: Matthieu Moy <>
 Documentation/git.txt | 11 ++++++-----
 1 file changed, 6 insertions(+), 5 deletions(-)

diff --git a/Documentation/git.txt b/Documentation/git.txt
index 0b681d9..e332947 100644
--- a/Documentation/git.txt
+++ b/Documentation/git.txt
@@ -535,10 +535,11 @@ include::cmds-purehelpers.txt[]
 Configuration Mechanism
-Starting from 0.99.9 (actually mid 0.99.8.GIT), `.git/config` file
-is used to hold per-repository configuration options.  It is a
-simple text file modeled after `.ini` format familiar to some
-people.  Here is an example:
+Git uses a simple text file format modeled after `.ini` format
+familiar to some people to store its configuration. The `.git/config`
+file is used to hold per-repository configuration options, and
+per-user configuration can be stored in a `~/.gitconfig` file.
+Here is an example:
@@ -559,7 +560,7 @@ people.  Here is an example:
 Various commands read from the configuration file and adjust
 their operation accordingly.  See linkgit:git-config[1] for a
+list and more details about the configuration mechanism.
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