The id is already different for binary files.
The hash used is an implementation detail, so
let's just document how diffs are compared.

Cc: Jonathan Nieder <>
Signed-off-by: Michael S. Tsirkin <>

Changes from v1:
        address comments by Jonathan

 Documentation/git-cherry.txt | 3 +--
 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 2 deletions(-)

diff --git a/Documentation/git-cherry.txt b/Documentation/git-cherry.txt
index f6c19c7..2d0daae 100644
--- a/Documentation/git-cherry.txt
+++ b/Documentation/git-cherry.txt
@@ -14,8 +14,7 @@ DESCRIPTION
 The changeset (or "diff") of each commit between the fork-point and <head>
 is compared against each commit between the fork-point and <upstream>.
-The commits are compared with their 'patch id', obtained from
-the 'git patch-id' program.
+The diffs are compared after removing any whitespace and line numbers.
 Every commit that doesn't exist in the <upstream> branch
 has its id (sha1) reported, prefixed by a symbol.  The ones that have
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