kernel-doc: fix function-pointer-parameter parsing
authorRichard Kennedy <>
Sat, 23 Feb 2008 23:24:01 +0000 (15:24 -0800)
committerLinus Torvalds <>
Sun, 24 Feb 2008 01:12:16 +0000 (17:12 -0800)
When running "make htmldocs" I'm seeing some non-fatal perl errors caused
by trying to parse the callback function definitions in blk-core.c.

The errors are "Use of uninitialized value in concatenation (.)..."
in combination with:
Warning(linux-2.6.25-rc2/block/blk-core.c:1877): No description found for parameter ''

The function pointers are defined without a * i.e.
int (drv_callback)(struct request *)

The compiler is happy with them, but kernel-doc isn't.

This patch teaches create_parameterlist in kernel-doc to parse this type of
function pointer definition, but is it the right way to fix the problem ?
The problem only seems to occur in blk-core.c.

However with the patch applied, kernel-doc finds the correct parameter
description for the callback in blk_end_request_callback, which is doesn't

I thought it would be a bit odd to change to code to use the more normal
form of function pointers just to get the documentation to work, so I fixed
kernel-doc instead - even though this is teaching it to understand code
that might go away (The comment for blk_end_request_callback says that it
should not be used and will removed at some point).

Signed-off-by: Richard Kennedy <>
Signed-off-by: Randy Dunlap <>
Signed-off-by: Andrew Morton <>
Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <>

index 26146cbaa504dcf698fd8b4cfe89cb5902029b6a..74c2f9db2aac06586f25a1397c94de5325a2b509 100755 (executable)
@@ -1512,13 +1512,13 @@ sub create_parameterlist($$$) {
            # corresponding data structures "correctly". Catch it later in
            # output_* subs.
            push_parameter($arg, "", $file);
-       } elsif ($arg =~ m/\(.*\*/) {
+       } elsif ($arg =~ m/\(.+\)\s*\(/) {
            # pointer-to-function
            $arg =~ tr/#/,/;
-           $arg =~ m/[^\(]+\(\*\s*([^\)]+)\)/;
+           $arg =~ m/[^\(]+\(\*?\s*(\w*)\s*\)/;
            $param = $1;
            $type = $arg;
-           $type =~ s/([^\(]+\(\*)$param/$1/;
+           $type =~ s/([^\(]+\(\*?)\s*$param/$1/;
            push_parameter($param, $type, $file);
        } elsif ($arg) {
            $arg =~ s/\s*:\s*/:/g;