[Linux-kernel-mentees] [Cocci] coccinelle: Convert comma to semicolons (was Re: [PATCH] checkpatch: Add test for comma use that should be semicolon)

Julia Lawall julia.lawall at inria.fr
Sat Aug 22 07:07:34 UTC 2020



On Fri, 21 Aug 2020, Joe Perches wrote:

> On Fri, 2020-08-21 at 23:35 -0400, Valdis Klētnieks wrote:
> > On Fri, 21 Aug 2020 18:08:08 -0700, Joe Perches said:
> > > (forwarding on to kernel-janitors/mentees and kernelnewbies)
> > >
> > > Just fyi for anyone that cares:
> > >
> > > A janitorial task for someone might be to use Julia's coccinelle
> > > script below to convert the existing instances of commas that
> > > separate statements into semicolons.
> >
> > Note that you need to *really* check for possible changes in semantics.
> > It's *usually* OK to do that, but sometimes it's not...
> >
> > for (i=0; i++, last++; !last) {
> >
> > changing that comma to a ; will break the compile.  In other cases, it can
> > introduce subtle bugs.
>
> True enough for a general statement, though the coccinelle
> script Julia provided does not change a single instance of
> for loop expressions with commas.
>
> As far as I can tell, no logic defect is introduced by the
> script at all.

The script has a rule to ensure that what is changed is part of a top
level statement that has the form e1, e2;.  I put that in to avoid
transforming cases where the comma is the body of a macro, but it protects
against for loop headers as well.

julia


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