Okay, my attempt at better wording for the docs is not going well, because it 
turns I that I still don't understand the behavior here!
I thought that "input" means that CRLF will become LF on "git add" but that 
seems to be true only sometimes.
For instance, consider the following 11-line shell script:

mkdir empty
cd empty
git init
git config core.autocrlf false
echo -e '1\r\n2' > test.txt
git add .
git commit -m test
git config core.autocrlf input
cp test.txt t2.txt
echo 'a\r\nb' > test.txt
git add .

The output from the last git add is:

warning: CRLF will be replaced by LF in t2.txt.
The file will have its original line endings in your working directory.

Which is a very good warning indeed, but why does it only apply to the new file 
Why does the existing file test.txt retain its CRLF line endings.

I am so confused.

Any pointers?

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