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attr: a note about the order of .gitattributes lookup

This is the documentation part of

1a9d7e9 (attr.c: read .gitattributes from index as well. - 2007-08-14)
06f33c1 (Read attributes from the index that is being checked out - 2009-03-13)

Signed-off-by: Nguyễn Thái Ngọc Duy <>
Signed-off-by: Junio C Hamano <>

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 global and system-wide files are considered (they have the lowest
+When the `.gitattributes` file is missing from the work tree, the
+path in the index is used as a fall-back.  During checkout process,
+`.gitattributes` in the index is used and then the file in the
+working tree is used as a fall-back.
 If you wish to affect only a single repository (i.e., to assign
 attributes to files that are particular to
 one user's workflow for that repository), then