Re: false positive: FSF mailing address

From: Joe Perches
Date: Thu Mar 10 2016 - 14:08:19 EST

On Thu, 2016-03-10 at 11:00 -0800, Brian Norris wrote:
> Hi Joe,

Hi Brian.

> I found this false positive amusing:
> $ curl | scripts/ -
> [...]
> ERROR: Do not include the paragraph about writing to the Free Software
> Foundation's mailing address from the sample GPL notice. The FSF has
> changed addresses in the past, and may do so again. Linux already
> includes a copy of the GPL.
> #1489: FILE: drivers/mtd/nand/qcom_nandc.c:1335:
> +^I^I * write to the free oob area.$
> [...]
> The patch is:
>   [PATCH v8,2/3] mtd: nand: Qualcomm NAND controller driver
> and the comment text is:
>   "For the last codeword, we skip the bbm positions and write to the
>   free oob area."
> which matches on this:
> # Check for FSF mailing addresses.
>                 if ($rawline =~ /\bwrite to the Free/i ||
> I'm just writing as recommended by the closing text of your tool.


Yeah, it's amusing.  It's also likely not something worth
bothering with though as the likelihood of fixing it is low
and eventually the FSF warning will be minimized or removed
as no longer necessary.

checkpatch is stupid, false positives will always exist.

cheers, Joe