Junio C Hamano venit, vidit, dixit 12.09.2012 19:25:
> Michael J Gruber <g...@drmicha.warpmail.net> writes:
>> It was introduced in 0ab7befa with a clear meaning (AND everything),
>> then the general logic (without --all-match) was modified in 80235ba7
>> (to take headermatch AND (all greps ORed)), and 5aaeb733 finally made
>> multiple authors resp. committers get ORed among each other. All of this
>> in an attempt to make the standard usage most useful, of course. As a
>> consequence, --all-match does not influence multiple --author options at
>> all (contrary to the doc), e.g.
>> I don't see any of this reflected in the doc, though. I noticed only by
>> reading t/t7810-grep.sh. Before that, I had only gone by my own testing
>> which didn't reveal the multiple author multiple special casing effect.
>> I guess I'll have to wrap my head around the current implementation a
>> few more times before trying to describe the status quo in the
>> documentation...
> This is what I used to use when adding these generalized grep
> boolean expressions.
> With this applied, you can try things like these:
>     $ git log --grep=regexp --grep=nosuch --all-match >/dev/null
>     $ git log --grep=regexp --grep=nosuch --author=Michael >/dev/null
> For example, "--all-match --grep=regexp --author=Michael --author=Linus" turns
> into
>     [all-match]
>     (or
>      pattern_body<body>regexp
>      (or
>       (or
>        pattern_head<head 0>Linus
>        pattern_head<head 0>Michael
>       )
>       true
>      )
>     )
> that says "body must have 'regexp' in it, and authored by either
> Linus or Michael".
> The semantics of "--all-match" is different from "--and" (which,
> together with "--or", ")", and "(", is not availble to rev-list
> command line parser primarily because "--not" is not available).
> After applying all the "or"-ed terms, it checks the top-level nodes
> that are "or"-ed and makes sure all of them fired (possibly and
> usually on different lines).

Thanks for "this" ;)

I'll recheck my understanding and update the doc then. Maybe even
putting the above in-tree with a "--debug" option seems inline with
things such as "git describe --debug" (and maybe a preparation for
exposing a richer interface).

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