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Date:	Thu, 17 Jul 2014 08:51:23 -0700
From:	Joe Perches <>
To:	Richard Weinberger <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] Remove --file option

On Thu, 2014-07-17 at 17:34 +0200, Richard Weinberger wrote:
> is a nice tool to find issues in patches.

grep is a similar tool, just less automated.

> Sadly this tool gets more and more abused by various people to create
> style cleanups for source files within the kernel.
> In order to deal with that bad habit let's remove the --file option
> and bring back to its original purpose.

Any tool can be misused.

diff -urN /dev/null $file | ./scripts/ -

does the same thing as --file so I don't see any real
fundamental difference.

I think it should really only be used in --file mode
on drivers/staging/.

I wouldn't mind adding some additional "yes, I really
mean to do this" cmd-line flag when it's used on any
file outside of staging with some additional warning
that "--file" is discouraged outside of staging when
it's not there.

But additional documentation only goes so far.

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