Describe rebase in the description section.

Include a softer paraphrased version from the crytic, well-loved,
but sometimes parodied, Name description, and tell users that merge
commits are excluded by default.

Signed-off-by: Philip Oakley <>

 Documentation/git-rebase.txt | 4 ++++
 1 file changed, 4 insertions(+)

diff --git a/Documentation/git-rebase.txt b/Documentation/git-rebase.txt
index aca8405..87a8095 100644
--- a/Documentation/git-rebase.txt
+++ b/Documentation/git-rebase.txt
@@ -16,6 +16,10 @@ SYNOPSIS
+'git rebase' will transfer local commits, excluding merge commits
+by default, to the head of the branch's upstream, or onto a new base
+if given.
 If <branch> is specified, 'git rebase' will perform an automatic
 `git checkout <branch>` before doing anything else.  Otherwise
 it remains on the current branch.

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