Antoine Pelisse <> writes:

> Currently you can use mailmap to display log authors and committers
> but you can't use the mailmap to find commits with mapped values.
> This commit allows you to run:
>     git log --use-mailmap --author mapped_name_or_email
>     git log --use-mailmap --committer mapped_name_or_email
> Of course it only works if the --use-mailmap option is used.
> Signed-off-by: Antoine Pelisse <>
> ---

Thanks.  I'll queue this on top.

-- >8 --
Subject: [PATCH] log --use-mailmap: optimize for cases without 
--author/--committer search

When we taught the commit_match() mechanism to pay attention to the
new --use-mailmap option, we started to unconditionally copy the
commit object to a temporary buffer, just in case we need the author
and committer lines updated via the mailmap mechanism.

It turns out that this has a rather unpleasant performance
implications.  In the linux kernel repository, running

  $ git log --author='Junio C Hamano' --pretty=short >/dev/null

under /usr/bin/time, with and without --use-mailmap (the .mailmap
file is 118 entries long, the particular author does not appear in
it), cost (with warm cache):

  [without --use-mailmap]
  5.34user 0.25system 0:05.60elapsed 100%CPU (0avgtext+0avgdata 
  0inputs+0outputs (0major+137600minor)pagefaults 0swaps

  [with --use-mailmap]
  6.87user 0.24system 0:07.11elapsed 99%CPU (0avgtext+0avgdata 
  0inputs+0outputs (0major+137696minor)pagefaults 0swaps

which is with about 29% overhead.  The command is doing extra work,
so the extra cost may be justified.

But it is inexcusable to pay the cost when we do not need
author/committer match.  In the same repository,

  $ git log --grep='fix menuconfig on debian lenny' --pretty=short >/dev/null

shows very similar numbers as the above:

  [without --use-mailmap]
  5.30user 0.24system 0:05.55elapsed 99%CPU (0avgtext+0avgdata 
  0inputs+0outputs (0major+137604minor)pagefaults 0swaps

  [with --use-mailmap]
  6.82user 0.26system 0:07.07elapsed 100%CPU (0avgtext+0avgdata 
  0inputs+0outputs (0major+137697minor)pagefaults 0swaps

The latter case is an unnecessary performance regression.  We may
want to _show_ the result with mailmap applied, but we do not have
to copy and rewrite the author/committer of all commits we try to
match if we do not query for these fields.

Trivially optimize this performace regression by limiting the
rewrites for only when we are matching with author/committer fields.

Signed-off-by: Junio C Hamano <>
 revision.c | 2 +-
 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/revision.c b/revision.c
index fa16b9d..56b72f7 100644
--- a/revision.c
+++ b/revision.c
@@ -2283,7 +2283,7 @@ static int commit_match(struct commit *commit, struct 
rev_info *opt)
        if (buf.len)
                strbuf_addstr(&buf, commit->buffer);
-       if (opt->mailmap) {
+       if (opt->grep_filter.header_list && opt->mailmap) {
                if (!buf.len)
                        strbuf_addstr(&buf, commit->buffer);

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