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SubjectRe: [PATCH] update checkpatch.pl to version 0.08
On Tue, Jul 24, 2007 at 02:15:26AM -0700, Andrew Morton wrote:
> On Tue, 24 Jul 2007 10:06:51 +0100 Andy Whitcroft <apw@shadowen.org> wrote:
>
> > > This is a royal pain, since it now throws an ERROR for the obviously
> > > preferable piece of code below:
> > >
> > > if (err) {
> > > do_something();
> > > return -ERR;
> > > } else {
> > > do_somthing_else();
> > > }
> >
> > Hmmm, is that obviouly nicer than the below? Its fully a line longer
> > for no benefit. But ignoring that, this seems to have snuck in to
> > CodingStyle hmmm ... will see what I can do if anything to stop these
> > being picked up I guess.
> >
> > if (err) {
> > do_something();
> > return -ERR;
> > } else
> > do_something_else();
>
> The kool kids on linux-usb-devel largely ended up deciding that the second
> version looks dorky.
>
Since when did linux-usb-devel decide stylistic nits of the rest of the
kernel? Let them do what they want in drivers/usb, I have a hard time
accepting that what someone arbitrarily decides they want to do in their
directory suddenly blanketly applies to the rest of the kernel, and
therefore warrants a CodingStyle update.

Perhaps CodingStyle can start being versioned, so people can opt out of
certain 'improvements' whenever someone has a vision, much like some
nameless licenses.

Personally I prefer the second style, and if there's a comment block,
then it makes sense to complete the tree with {}'s (the keyword here is
prefer, as it's a personal preference). checkpatch has been quite useful
for catching obviously broken things, and now it seems like it's just
overreaching. Perhaps this functionality can be split in to a lite
checkpatch for catching show-stoppers for application and then something
more akin to a CodingStyle validator for the folks interested in
arbitrarily defining convention, which they can use freely while the rest
of us try to get something useful done.
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