The old text made it sound like macros are only allowed in the
.gitattributes file at the top-level of the working tree.  Make it
clear that they are also allowed in $GIT_DIR/info/attributes and in
the global and system-wide gitattributes files.

Signed-off-by: Michael Haggerty <>
 Documentation/gitattributes.txt | 9 ++++++---
 1 file changed, 6 insertions(+), 3 deletions(-)

diff --git a/Documentation/gitattributes.txt b/Documentation/gitattributes.txt
index b322a26..643c1ba 100644
--- a/Documentation/gitattributes.txt
+++ b/Documentation/gitattributes.txt
@@ -930,9 +930,12 @@ state.
-Custom macro attributes can be defined only in the `.gitattributes`
-file at the toplevel (i.e. not in any subdirectory).  The built-in
-macro attribute "binary" is equivalent to:
+Custom macro attributes can be defined only in top-level gitattributes
+files (`$GIT_DIR/info/attributes`, the `.gitattributes` file at the
+top level of the working tree, or the global or system-wide
+gitattributes files), not in `.gitattributes` files in working tree
+subdirectories.  The built-in macro attribute "binary" is equivalent
 [attr]binary -diff -merge -text

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