Re: [PATCH v2 2/5] Documentation: Add doc for runchecks, a checker runner

From: Julia Lawall
Date: Sat Dec 16 2017 - 10:09:04 EST

> diff --git a/Documentation/dev-tools/runchecks.rst b/Documentation/dev-tools/runchecks.rst
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> +.. Copyright 2017 Knut Omang <knut.omang@xxxxxxxxxx>
> +
> +Makefile support for running checkers
> +=====================================
> +
> +Tools like sparse, coccinelle and scripts/ is able to detect a

is -> are

> +lot of syntactic and semantic issues with the code, and is also constantly

is -> are

> +evolving and detecting more. In an ideal world, all source files should
> +adhere to whatever rules imposed by and sparse etc. with all
> +bells and whistles enabled, in a way that these checkers can be run as a reflex
> +by developers (and by bots) from the top level Makefile for every changing
> +source file. In the real world however there's a number of challenges:
> +
> +* Sometimes there are valid reasons for accepting violations of a checker
> + rule, even if that rule is a sensible one in the general case.
> +* Some subsystems have different restrictions and requirements.
> + (Ideally, the number of subsystems with differing restrictions and
> + requirements will diminish over time.)
> +* Similarly, the kernel contains a lot of code that predates the tools, or at
> + least some of the newer rules, and we would like these tools to evolve without
> + requiring the need to fix all issues detected with it in the same commit.
> + We also want to accommodate new tools, so that each new tool does not
> + have to reinvent it's own mechanism for running checks.

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> +* On the other hand, we want to make sure that files that are clean
> + (to some well defined extent, such as passing checkpatch or sparse
> + with checks only for certain important types of issues) keep being so.
> +
> +This is the purpose of ``scripts/runchecks``.
> +
> +The ``runchecks`` program looks for files named ``runchecks.cfg`` in the
> +``scripts`` directory, then in the directory hierarchy of the source file,
> +starting where that source file is located, searching upwards. If at least
> +one such file exists in the source tree, ``runchecks`` parses a set of
> +rules from it, and use them to determine how to invoke a set of individual
> +checker tools for a particular file. The kernel Makefile system supports using
> +this feature as an integrated part of compiling the code, using the
> +``C={1,2}`` option. With::
> +
> + make C=1
> +
> +runchecks will be invoked if the file needs to be recompiled. With ::
> +
> + make C=2
> +
> +runchecks will be invoked for all source files, even if they do not need
> +recompiling. Based on the configuration, ``runchecks`` will invoke one or
> +more checkers. The number and types of checkers to run are configurable and
> +can also be selected on the command line::
> +
> + make C=2 CF="--run:sparse,checkpatch"
> +
> +If only one checker is run, any parameter that is not recognized by
> +runchecks itself will be forwarded to the checker. If more than one checker
> +is enabled, parameters can be forwarded to a specific checker by means of
> +this syntax::
> +
> + make C=2 CF="--to-checkpatch:--terse"
> +
> +A comma separated list of parameters can be supplied if necessary.
> +
> +Supported syntax of the runchecks.cfg configuration file
> +--------------------------------------------------------
> +
> +The runchecks configuration file chain can be used to set policies and "rein in"
> +checker errors piece by piece for a particular subsystem or driver. It can
> +also be used to mitigate and extend checkers that does not support

does -> do

> +selective suppression of all it's checks.

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> +Two classes of configuration is available. The first class is configuration
> +that defines what checkers are enabled, and also allow a limited form of
> +pattern matching to extend checking, to mitigate for checks that cannot be
> +selectively disabled by command line parameters to the underlying tool
> +itself. This type of configuration should go into the first accessed
> +configuration file, and has been preconfigured for the currently supported
> +checkers in ``scripts/runchecks.cfg``. The second class is the features for
> +configuring the output of the checkers by selectively suppressing checks on
> +a per file or per check basis. These typically goes in the source tree in

goes -> go

> +the directory of the source file or above. Some of the syntax is generic
> +and some is only supported by some checkers.
> +
> +For the first class of configuration the following syntax is supported::
> +
> + # comments
> + checker checkpatch [command]
> + addflags <list of extra flags and parameters>
> + cflags
> + typedef NAME <regular expression>
> + run [checker list|all]
> +
> +The ``checker`` command switches ``runchecks``'s attention to a particular
> +checker. The following commands until the next ``checker`` statement
> +applies to that particular checker. The first occurrence of ``checker``

applies -> apply

> +also serves as a potentially defining operation, if the checker name
> +has not been preconfigured. In that case, a second parameter can be used
> +to provide the name of the command used to run the checker.
> +A full checker integration into runchecks will typically require some
> +additions to runchecks, and will then have been preconfigured,
> +but simple checkers might just be configured on the fly.
> +
> +The ``addflags`` command incrementally adds more flags and parameters to
> +the command line used to invoke the checker. This applies to all
> +invocations of the checker from runchecks.
> +The ``cflags`` command tells to forward all the flags and options passed to
> +the compiler invocation to the checker. The default is to suppress these
> +parameters when invoking the checker.
> +
> +The ``typedef`` command adds ``NAME`` and associates it with the given
> +regular expression. This expression is used to match against standard error
> +output from the checker and ``NAME`` can be used as a new named check that
> +runchecks understands and that can be used with checker supported names
> +below to selectively suppress that particular set of warning or error
> +messages. This is useful to handle output checks for which the underlying
> +checker is does not provide any suppression. Check type namespaces are
> +separate for the individual checkers. You can list the state of the built in and
> +configured checker and check types with::
> +
> + scripts/runchecks --list
> +
> +The checker implementations of the ``typedef`` command also allows
> +runchecks to perform some unification of output by rewriting the output
> +lines, adding optional color support, and use of the new type names in the
> +error output, to ease the process of updating the runchecks.cfg files.
> +Having a unified representation of the error output also makes it much
> +easier to do statistics or other operations on top of an aggregated output
> +from several checkers.
> +
> +For the second class of configuration the following syntax is supported::
> +
> + # comments
> + checker checker_name
> + line_len <n>
> + except check_type [files ...]
> + pervasive check_type1 [check_type2 ...]
> +
> +The ``line_len`` directive defines the upper bound of characters per line
> +tolerated in this directory. Currently only ``checkpatch`` supports this
> +command. The ``except`` directive takes a check type such as for example
> +``MACRO_ARG_REUSE``, and a set of files that should not be subject to this
> +particular check type. The ``pervasive`` command disables the listed types
> +of checks for all the files in the subtree. The ``except`` and
> +``pervasive`` directives can be used cumulatively to add more exceptions.
> +
> +Running checker programs from make
> +----------------------------------
> +
> +You can run checkpatch subject to rules defined in ``runcheck.cfg`` in the
> +directory of the source file by using "make P=1" to run checkpatch on all files
> +that gets recompiled, or "make P=2" to run checkpatch on all source files.
> +
> +A make variable ``CF`` allows passing additional parameters to
> +``runchecks``. You can for instance use::
> +
> + make C=2 CF="--run:checkpatch --fix-inplace"
> +
> +to run only the ``checkpatch`` checker, and to have checkpatch trying to fix

trying -> try

> +issues it finds - *make sure you have a clean git tree and carefully review
> +the output afterwards!* Combine this with selectively enabling of types of
> +errors via changes under ``checker checkpatch`` to the local
> +``runchecks.cfg``, and you can focus on fixing up errors subsystem or
> +driver by driver on a type by type basis.
> +
> +By default runchecks will skip all files if a ``runchecks.cfg`` file cannot
> +be found in the directory of the file or in the tree above. This is to
> +allow builds with ``C=2`` to pass even for subsystems that has not yet done
> +anything to rein in checker errors. At some point when all subsystems and
> +drivers either have fixed all checker errors or added proper
> +``runchecks.cfg`` files, this can be changed.
> +
> +To force runchecks to run a full run in directories/trees where runchecks
> +does not find a ``runchecks.cfg`` file as well, use::
> +
> + make C=2 CF="-f"
> +
> +If you like to see all the warnings and errors produced by the checkers, ignoring
> +any runchecks.cfg files except the one under ``scripts``, you can use::
> +
> + make C=2 CF="-n"
> +
> +or for a specific module directory::
> +
> + make C=2 M=drivers/infiniband/core CF="--color -n -w"
> +
> +with the -w option to ``runchecks`` to suppress errors from any of the
> +checkers and just continue on, and the ``--color`` option to present errors
> +with colors where supported.
> +
> +Ever tightening checker rules
> +-----------------------------
> +
> +Commit the changes to the relevant ``runchecks.cfg`` together with the code
> +changes that fixes a particular type of issue, this will allow automatic
> +checker running by default. This way we can ensure that new errors of that
> +particular type do not inadvertently sneak in again! This can be done at
> +any subsystem or module maintainer's discretion and at the right time
> +without having to do it all at the same time.
> +
> +Before submitting your changes, verify that a full "make C=2" passes with no
> +errors.
> +
> +Extending and improving checker support in ``runchecks``
> +--------------------------------------------------------
> +
> +The runchecks program has been written with extensibility in mind.
> +If the checker starts it's reporting lines with filename:lineno, there's a

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> +good chance that a new checker can simply be added by adding::
> +
> + checker mychecker path_to_mychecker
> +
> +to ``scripts/runchecks.cfg`` and suitable ``typedef`` expressions to provide
> +selective suppressions of output, however it is likely that some quirks are
> +needed to make the new checker behave similar to the others, and to support

similar -> similarly


> +the full set of features, such as the ``--list`` option. This is done by
> +implementing a new subclass of the Checker class in ``runchecks``. This is the way
> +all the available default supported checkers are implemented, and those
> +relatively lean implementations could serve as examples.
> diff --git a/Documentation/dev-tools/sparse.rst b/Documentation/dev-tools/sparse.rst
> index 78aa00a..e3e8b27 100644
> --- a/Documentation/dev-tools/sparse.rst
> +++ b/Documentation/dev-tools/sparse.rst
> @@ -101,5 +101,31 @@ recompiled, or use "make C=2" to run sparse on the files whether they need to
> be recompiled or not. The latter is a fast way to check the whole tree if you
> have already built it.
> -The optional make variable CF can be used to pass arguments to sparse. The
> -build system passes -Wbitwise to sparse automatically.
> +The "make C={1,2}" form of kernel make indirectly calls sparse via "runchecks",
> +which dependent on configuration and command line options may dispatch calls to
> +other checkers in addition to sparse. Details on how this works is covered
> +in Documentation/dev-tools/runchecks.rst .
> +
> +The optional make variable CF can be used to pass arguments to runchecks for dispatch
> +to sparse. If sparse is the only tool enabled, any option not recognized by
> +runchecks will be forwarded to sparse. If more than one tool is active, you must
> +add the parameters you want sparse to get as a comma separated list prefixed by
> +``--to-sparse:``. If you want sparse to be the only checker run, and you want
> +some nice colored output, you can specify this as::
> +
> + make C=2 CF="--run:sparse --color"
> +
> +This will cause sparse to be called for all files which are supported by a valid
> +runchecks configuration (again see Documentation/dev-tools/runchecks.rst for
> +details). If you want to run sparse on all files and ignore any missing
> +configuration files(s), just add ``-n`` to the list of options passed to
> +runchecks. This will cause runchecks to call sparse with all errors enabled for
> +all files even if no valid configuration is found in the tree for the source files.
> +
> +By default "runchecks" is set to enable all sparse errors, but you can
> +configure what checks to be applied by sparse on a per file or per subsystem
> +basis. With the above invocation, make will fail and stop on the first file
> +encountered with sparse errors or warnings in it. If you want to continue
> +anyway, you can use::
> +
> + make C=2 CF="--run:sparse --color -w"
> diff --git a/Documentation/kbuild/kbuild.txt b/Documentation/kbuild/kbuild.txt
> index ac2363e..260e688 100644
> --- a/Documentation/kbuild/kbuild.txt
> +++ b/Documentation/kbuild/kbuild.txt
> @@ -103,10 +103,13 @@ CROSS_COMPILE is also used for ccache in some setups.
> CF
> --------------------------------------------------
> -Additional options for sparse.
> -CF is often used on the command-line like this:
> +Additional options for runchecks, the generic checker runner.
> +CF is often used on the command-line for instance like this:
> - make CF=-Wbitwise C=2
> + make C=2 CF="--run:sparse --color -w"
> +
> +to run the sparse tool only, and to use colored output and continue on warnings
> +or errors.
> --------------------------------------------------
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