[PATCH v7 0/2] checkpatch: add verbose mode

Lukas Bulwahn lukas.bulwahn at gmail.com
Fri Feb 26 05:59:39 UTC 2021

On Thu, Feb 25, 2021 at 7:08 PM Dwaipayan Ray <dwaipayanray1 at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Thu, Feb 25, 2021 at 11:03 PM Joe Perches <joe at perches.com> wrote:
> >
> > On Mon, 2021-02-22 at 13:22 +0530, Dwaipayan Ray wrote:
> > > Add a new verbose mode to checkpatch. The verbose test
> > > descriptions are read from the checkpatch documentation
> > > file at `Documentation/dev-tools/checkpatch.rst`.
> > >
> > > The verbose mode is optional and can be enabled by the
> > > flag -v or --verbose.
> > >
> > > The documentation file is only parsed by checkpatch.pl
> > > if the verbose mode is enabled. The verbose mode can
> > > not be used together with the --terse option.
> >
> > I don't have any real objection to this patch set, but as this
> > might be added to the Documentation tree and in .rst format,
> > perhaps Jonathan Corbet and/or Mauro Carvalho Chehab might have
> > some opinion.
> >
> > Also I do not want to be a maintainer of this .rst file and
> > likely neither Jon nor Mauro would either.  Perhaps you?
> >
> I could take it up if everybody is okay with it!

And as I set Dwaipayan on this task on documenting checkpatch, I will
assist in maintaining this file as well. I will also pull some strings
to increase chances that Dwaipayan becomes a longer-term member in
this community and on this maintainer task.

> > Ideally, the patch order would be reversed so the .rst file
> > is added first, then checkpatch updated to use it.
> >
> Sure, if Jonathan or Mauro has no objections to it, I will be happy
> to resend it so that it can be picked up properly.
> > And _a lot_ more types and descriptive content should be added.
> Yes that's for sure. If this makes it I will try to get all of the
> other types in.

I agree as well, probably a critical mass for inclusion is that we
have at least 25% (so roughly 50 rules) documented.

> And if Lukas agrees, a little help from my fellow kernel mentees will
> be nice as well!

Completely agree. I will recruit new mentees and go through the
exercises with them, until they are ready to send proper patches to
checkpatch.rst. As the designated maintainer of that file, you will be
busy reviewing, consolidating that content and pushing back if it is
not good enough for inclusion (so just as in the typical "good cop-bad
cop" game: I will motivate and help them to submit, you make sure you
get good content).


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