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From: Alan Cox <alan <at> lxorguk.ukuu.org.uk>
Subject: Re: [PATCH 3/5] checkpatch: add a blacklist
Newsgroups: gmane.linux.kernel
Date: Wednesday 7th October 2009 15:11:07 UTC (over 7 years ago)
> Right it's a tool .. However, you should use it and you should follow
> it. If for some reason you disagree with the tool you have to give at
> least an arguable reason why, not just "It's a guide", "I don't like the
> coding style." etc..

Those are perfectly good reasons.

> In the case of Steven's code he has an arguable reason why he's not
> following checkpatch..

Checkpatch is not very bright, it has no understanding of style beyond
playing with pattern regexps. It's a rather dim tool that helps people
get work done. (*)

When used at random to "validate" submissions to the kernel the result is
about as useful as a square wheel on a hovercraft.

Alan
(*) or as some would have it a rather dim tool used by even dimmer tools
to make noise on kernel list.
 
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