Currently when I bring up the local magit log ("l l") it takes a fair amount of time. It would be nice for the log just to limit itself to the nearest merge base (e.g. vs origin/master) but I haven't been able to work out how to do this.

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magit-log accepts an optional range argument. You can also do l r l followed by origin/master and then HEAD.

In Magit 2.x you can use l o to the same effect. In this case you would specify a range using standard git range specifiers (typically the 'double-dot' notation):
l o origin/master..HEAD

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    OK magit has changed the magit-log-popup because the "r" now takes me to the reflog....
    – stsquad
    Apr 24, 2015 at 14:20
  • what version of magit are you using? It works for me with magit-20141025.429.
    – user2005
    Apr 24, 2015 at 18:29
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    In Magit 2.x use l o
    – phils
    Apr 25, 2015 at 8:10
  • @rekado: yeah I'm using magit/next (which I think has just gone to MELPA). If you update for both key sequences I'll accept the answer.
    – stsquad
    Apr 28, 2015 at 9:58
  • I updated the answer with the information from @phils comment.
    – user2005
    Apr 28, 2015 at 10:25

Beginning with v2.1.0 you can show logs for arbitrary branches, commits, and ranges using l o RET.

It's also possible to log commits from multiple branches at once by separating them with comas: l o , RET.

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    As the question asks how to limit commits to what's happened since "the nearest merge base", I think you mean l o origin/master..HEAD RET, is that right? To avoid having to type so many characters every time ("origin/master..HEAD" is 20 characters!), is there a way to set this as the default/everywhere, e.g. always limit commits at origin/master...HEAD (or (git merge-base master HEAD)~10, say), i.e. never try to show all of the extensive history shared with origin/master? Jul 9, 2015 at 0:22
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    BTW, magit is awesome, thank you so much for working on it and being here to answer questions. It has already enormously changed the way I work; I feel so much more powerful and productive. :-) Jul 9, 2015 at 0:37

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