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Re: [PATCH v1] diffcore-rename: speed up register_rename_src

Jeff King <peff@xxxxxxxx> writes:

> On Tue, Apr 18, 2017 at 07:44:21PM +0000, git@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx wrote:
>> From: Jeff Hostetler <jeffhost@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>> Teach register_rename_src() to see if new file pair
>> can simply be appended to the rename_src[] array before
>> performing the binary search to find the proper insertion
>> point.
> I guess your perf results show some minor improvement. But I suspect
> this is because your synthetic repo does not resemble the real world
> very much. You're saving a few strcmps, but for each of those files
> you're potentially going to have actually zlib inflate the object
> contents and do similarity analysis.
> So "absurd number of files doing 100% exact renames" is the absolute
> best case, and it saves a few percent.
> I dunno. It is not that much code _here_, but I'm not excited about the
> prospect of sprinkling this same "check the last one" optimization all
> over the code base. I wonder if there's some way to generalize it.

When adding many things, we often just append and then sort at the
end after we finished adding.  I wonder if recent "check the last
one and append" optimization beats that strategy.