From: "W. Trevor King" <>

This functionality was introduced by 0e804e09 (archive: provide
builtin .tar.gz filter, 2011-07-21) for v1.7.7.

Signed-off-by: W. Trevor King <>
 Documentation/user-manual.txt | 15 ++++++++++++---
 1 file changed, 12 insertions(+), 3 deletions(-)

diff --git a/Documentation/user-manual.txt b/Documentation/user-manual.txt
index 3381c22..af6c09d 100644
--- a/Documentation/user-manual.txt
+++ b/Documentation/user-manual.txt
@@ -931,11 +931,20 @@ The linkgit:git-archive[1] command can create a tar or 
zip archive from
 any version of a project; for example:
-$ git archive --format=tar --prefix=project/ HEAD | gzip >latest.tar.gz
+$ git archive -o latest.tar.gz --prefix=project/ HEAD
-will use HEAD to produce a tar archive in which each filename is
-preceded by `project/`.
+will use HEAD to produce a gzipped tar archive in which each filename
+is preceded by `project/`.  The output file format is inferred from
+the output file extension if possible, see linkgit:git-archive[1] for
+Versions of Git older than 1.7.7 don't know about the 'tar.gz' format,
+you'll need to use gzip explicitly:
+$ git archive --format=tar --prefix=project/ HEAD | gzip >latest.tar.gz
 If you're releasing a new version of a software project, you may want
 to simultaneously make a changelog to include in the release

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