Commit 07924d4 (diff: Introduce --diff-algorithm command line option
2013-01-16) added diff-algorithm as a parameter to the recursive merge
strategy but did not document it.  Do so.

Signed-off-by: John Keeping <>
 Documentation/merge-strategies.txt | 6 ++++++
 1 file changed, 6 insertions(+)

diff --git a/Documentation/merge-strategies.txt 
index 66db802..49a9a7d 100644
--- a/Documentation/merge-strategies.txt
+++ b/Documentation/merge-strategies.txt
@@ -48,6 +48,12 @@ patience;;
        this when the branches to be merged have diverged wildly.
        See also linkgit:git-diff[1] `--patience`.
+       Tells 'merge-recursive' to use a different diff algorithm, which
+       can help avoid mismerges that occur due to unimportant matching
+       lines (such as braces from distinct functions).  See also
+       linkgit:git-diff[1] `--diff-algorithm`.

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