The current behavior is probably as useful as it is confusing. In any
case it is going to stay. So, document it.

Signed-off-by: Michael J Gruber <>
I would have written a test but don't really know where to stick it in.
rev-list has many small tests where it doesn't fit.

 Documentation/rev-list-options.txt | 6 ++++++
 1 file changed, 6 insertions(+)

diff --git a/Documentation/rev-list-options.txt 
index 5436eba..9c13df3 100644
--- a/Documentation/rev-list-options.txt
+++ b/Documentation/rev-list-options.txt
@@ -6,6 +6,12 @@ special notations explained in the description, additional 
 limiting may be applied. Note that they are applied before commit
 ordering and formatting options, such as '--reverse'.
+All occurrences of the same option are ORed: '--grep=foo --grep=bar'
+limits to commits which match at least one of these conditions.
+Different options are ANDed: '--author=bar --grep=foo'
+limits to commits which match both conditions.
 -n 'number'::

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