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Subject[PATCH] scripts/ - don't check for const structs if list is empty
If the list of structures we expect to be const is empty (due to file permissions,
or the file being empty, etc), we get odd complaints about structures:

[/usr/src/linux-next] scripts/ -f drivers/staging/netlogic/platform_net.h
No structs that should be const will be found - file '/usr/src/linux-next/scripts/const_structs.checkpatch': Permission denied
WARNING: struct should normally be const
#9: FILE: drivers/staging/netlogic/platform_net.h:9:
+struct xlr_net_data {

WARNING: struct should normally be const
#20: FILE: drivers/staging/netlogic/platform_net.h:20:
+ struct xlr_fmn_info *gmac_fmn_info;

total: 0 errors, 2 warnings, 0 checks, 21 lines checked

Fix it so that it actually *obeys* what it said about not finding structures.

Reported-by: Pablo Pellecchia <>
Signed-off-by: Valdis Kletnieks <>
diff --git a/scripts/ b/scripts/
index f4b6127ff469..103c67665f61 100755
--- a/scripts/
+++ b/scripts/
@@ -6497,7 +6497,7 @@ sub process {

# check for various structs that are normally const (ops, kgdb, device_tree)
# and avoid what seem like struct definitions 'struct foo {'
- if ($line !~ /\bconst\b/ &&
+ if ($line !~ /\bconst\b/ && $const_structs ne "" &&
$line =~ /\bstruct\s+($const_structs)\b(?!\s*\{)/) {
"struct $1 should normally be const\n" . $herecurr);
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