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SubjectRe: [alsa-devel] [PATCH v3 2/5] soundwire: fix style issues
On Wed, Apr 17, 2019 at 12:18:22PM -0500, Pierre-Louis Bossart wrote:
>
> >>>> diff --git a/drivers/soundwire/Kconfig b/drivers/soundwire/Kconfig
> >>>> index 19c8efb9a5ee..84876a74874f 100644
> >>>> --- a/drivers/soundwire/Kconfig
> >>>> +++ b/drivers/soundwire/Kconfig
> >>>> @@ -4,7 +4,7 @@
> >>>>
> >>>> menuconfig SOUNDWIRE
> >>>> bool "SoundWire support"
> >>>> - ---help---
> >>>> + help
> >>>
> >>> Not sure if this is a style issue, kernel seems to have 2990 instances
> >>> of this!
> >>
> >> this is reported by checkpatch.pl --strict.
> >
> > Please don't run checkpatch on code that's already in the kernel, and
> > especially not with the --strict (a.k.a. --subjective) option enabled.
> >
> > Don't try to fix what isn't broken.
>
> I would agree in general, but this case is different: the SoundWire code
> in the upstream kernel is missing parts left and right and isn't fully
> functional as is. I will soon be posting what's missing, so this cleanup
> is an opportunity to bring SoundWire to the latest coding standards
> before adding the missing pieces which will be compliant with --strict.
> For the record using --strict already exposed 3 major issues in the
> yet-to-be-released code, so it's not as subjective as you describe it.

It's not just me calling it subjective; --subjective is literally
another name for the same switch which enables checks that are
specifically *not* part of the coding standard.

By all my means use it on your own patches before you submit them if
you agree with all or some of those checks, but I doubt all that
open-parenthesis re-alignment is going to expose any major issues. ;)

It does add noise, and makes code forensic and backports harder though.

Johan

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