[Linux-kernel-mentees] Linux kernel checkpatch.pl mentorship

Lukas Bulwahn lukas.bulwahn at gmail.com
Thu Sep 17 15:03:39 UTC 2020

On Thu, 17 Sep 2020, Dwaipayan Ray wrote:

> > Good investigation. Can you please share the commit of the commit message
> > you refer to in the future?
> >
> > I found it, commit cd2614967d8b ("checkpatch: warn if missing author
> > Signed-off-by"), but to convince the maintainers and authors that you did
> > your homework properly, it is good to refer to the commits you looked at.
> >
> > The kernel documentation tells you how to refer to commits.
> >
> Yes sure, I will remember to do that in the future.
> For now, I am thinking to fix the split FROM header issue. What I have thought
> of is to keep a variable keeping the part data and if the author cannot be
> resolved at the present line, then at the next line join the data and parse
> the email.
> I think the implementation to this will be fairly easy, with one
> flag variable to indicate whether the from header has been parsed in the
> previous line.
> Should i proceed with this?

Sure. I suggest you just have a look at how checkpatch.pl handles rules 
when content is split over multiple lines, though. I think Ayush copied 
one typical pattern of checking the current line and the next line.

I will trust you that you will find a solution that works...


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