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From: Joe Perches <>
To: Andy Whitcroft <>
Cc: Andrew Morton <>,
	LKML <>,
	Jacob Pan <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] checkpatch: Warn on comparisons to true and false
Date: Wed, 10 Apr 2013 04:27:51 -0700	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <1365593271.27174.35.camel@joe-AO722> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <20130410093346.GO7511@dm>

On Wed, 2013-04-10 at 10:33 +0100, Andy Whitcroft wrote:
> On Tue, Apr 09, 2013 at 08:17:14PM -0700, Joe Perches wrote:
> > Comparisons of A to true and false are better written
> > as A and !A.
> In a complex case such as  a + b == false  will this do the right thing?

Very sensible question.  No it won't.

checkpatch doesn't understand expressions
very well nor does it understand precedence
operations between expressions and tests.

I did run it against the kernel tree and there
weren't any I noticed like that though.

> Not that I am sure that adding bools makes sense but assuming there is
> some valid complex lval.

$Lval in this case is a single variable and
is neither a function nor an expression.

It doesn't match on:

	if (func(x, y) == true)
	if ((x | y) == true)

because of the ) before the ==

It will falsely match on expressions like:

	if (x + y == true)

but as far as I can tell there aren't any
uses like that in the kernel tree.

$ git grep -E  "(==|\!=)\s*(true|false)\b" | \
  cut -f2- -d":" |grep -P "\b(\+|\-)\b"

nor are there any and/or bit operator.

When I tried adding a test for:

	"$Constant == $Lval"
instead of
	"$Lval == $Constant"

	0 == foo
instead of
	foo == 0

there were _way_ too many false positives of
the $Expression sort that I didn't add that test.

cheers, Joe

  reply	other threads:[~2013-04-10 11:27 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 12+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2013-04-10  3:17 Joe Perches
2013-04-10  9:33 ` Andy Whitcroft
2013-04-10 11:27   ` Joe Perches [this message]
2013-04-10 12:41     ` Andy Whitcroft
2013-04-10 22:57 ` Andrew Morton
2013-04-11  1:07   ` Joe Perches
2013-04-11  2:14   ` Dave Jones
2013-04-11  3:47     ` Joe Perches
2013-04-11  8:19     ` Dan Carpenter
2013-04-11  8:29       ` Joe Perches
2013-04-11 11:56     ` Bjørn Mork
2013-04-11 14:25       ` Joe Perches

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