[PATCH] scripts: kernel-doc: add warning for comment not following kernel-doc syntax

Aditya Srivastava yashsri421 at gmail.com
Mon Mar 29 15:10:36 UTC 2021

On 29/3/21 7:26 pm, Jonathan Corbet wrote:
> Aditya Srivastava <yashsri421 at gmail.com> writes:
>> Currently, kernel-doc start parsing the comment as a kernel-doc comment if
>> it starts with '/**', but does not take into account if the content inside
>> the comment too, adheres with the expected format.
>> This results in unexpected and unclear warnings for the user.
>> E.g., running scripts/kernel-doc -none mm/memcontrol.c emits:
>> "mm/memcontrol.c:961: warning: expecting prototype for do not fallback to current(). Prototype was for get_mem_cgroup_from_current() instead"
>> Here kernel-doc parses the corresponding comment as a kernel-doc comment
>> and expects prototype for it in the next lines, and as a result causing
>> this warning.
>> Provide a clearer warning message to the users regarding the same, if the
>> content inside the comment does not follow the kernel-doc expected format.
>> Signed-off-by: Aditya Srivastava <yashsri421 at gmail.com>
>> ---
>>  scripts/kernel-doc | 17 +++++++++++++----
>>  1 file changed, 13 insertions(+), 4 deletions(-)
> This is definitely a capability we want, but I really don't think that
> we can turn it on by default - for now.  Experience shows that if you
> create a blizzard of warnings, nobody sees any of them.  How many
> warnings does this add to a full docs build?

Hi Jonathan, here's the diff I have created for the warnings before
and after the changes:

Around ~1320 new warnings of this type are added to the kernel tree,
and around ~1580 warnings are removed.


> For now I think we need a flag to turn this warning on, which perhaps
> can be set for a W=1 build.
> > Thanks,
> jon

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