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Subject[PATCH] scripts/kernel-doc: make unknown function prototype a Warning instead of an Error
From: Randy Dunlap <>

When scripts/kernel-doc cannot understand a function prototype,
it had been generating a fatal error and stopping immediately.
Make this a Warning instead of an Error and keep going.

Note that this can happen if the kernel-doc notation that is being
parsed is not actually a function prototype; maybe it's a struct or
something else, so I added "function" to the warning message to try
to make it clearer that scripts/kernel-doc is looking for a function
prototype here.

Signed-off-by: Randy Dunlap <>
Cc: Mark Brown <>
scripts/kernel-doc | 3 +--
1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 2 deletions(-)

--- linux-3.12-rc5.orig/scripts/kernel-doc
+++ linux-3.12-rc5/scripts/kernel-doc
@@ -2125,8 +2125,7 @@ sub dump_function($$) {

create_parameterlist($args, ',', $file);
} else {
- print STDERR "Error(${file}:$.): cannot understand prototype: '$prototype'\n";
- ++$errors;
+ print STDERR "Warning(${file}:$.): cannot understand function prototype: '$prototype'\n";

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