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From Luc Maisonobe <>
Subject Re: [math] Checkstyle
Date Tue, 19 Mar 2013 20:22:51 GMT
Hi Thomas,

Le 19/03/2013 20:49, Thomas Neidhart a écrit :
> On 03/19/2013 08:43 PM, Thomas Neidhart wrote:
>> On 03/19/2013 08:18 PM, Luc Maisonobe wrote:
>>> Hi Jared,
>>> Le 19/03/2013 17:14, Becksfort, Jared a écrit :
>>>> Hello,
>>>> I am using the Apache Common XML file to format my code submissions
>>>> in Eclipse.  Gilles says my last submission has some CheckStyle
>>>> warnings, so I installed the CheckStyle plugin.  It gives tons of
>>>> warnings, including some that go against the posted style guidelines,
>>>> such as "All public methods must advertise all exceptions they
>>>> generate...".  It also complains about lines being too wide, but the
>>>> XML file configuration does not wrap certain types of lines.  There
>>>> are lots of others, including spaces following the asterisks in the
>>>> javadocs, which surely the autoformatter could handle.
>>> The problem you encounter is known. Basically, it is due to the eclipse
>>> checkstyle plugin configuration ignoring the checkstyle.xml file. When
>>> you ask eclipse to run checkstyle, it uses a completely different
>>> default configuration, and of course will raise thousands of warnings.
>>> We have set up the appropriate setting for the maven checkstyle plugin
>>> (see the pom.xml which specifies that ${basedir}/checkstyle.xml and
>>> ${basedir}/license-header.txt should be used).
>>> Configuring the eclipse checkstyle plugin is completely different. I
>>> tried to make it use the same files, but failed up to now. I will
>>> perhaps give it another try later on.
>> Go to Project Properties | Checkstyle | Local Check Configurations
>> Create a new Project Relative Configuration, select the checkstyle.xml
>> file. Give it a meaningful name.
>> Click on protect Checkstyle configuration file.


>> For math this is not necessary, but normally you would need to resolve
>> some properties, like location of header template file.

I followed your advice, but the plugin complained about the license
header file missing. I had to set the checkstyle.header.file additional
property to ${basedir}/license-header.txt for the plugin to work correctly.

>> When you are done, click on the Main tab, and select the newly created
>> configuration, otherwise the default one is used which creates lots of
>> warnings.
>> Something that I usually add to the checkstyle.xml:
>>   <property name="severity" value="warning"/>
>> As the warnings are otherwise reported as errors, which is annyoing.
> to only check the src/main/java folder, do the following:
> On the Main tab of Checkstyle configuration, disable simple
> configuration checkbox, then edit the existing file set, and use a
> pattern like this:
> src/main/java/.*\.java

Many thanks Thomas, this really helped a lot!


> Thomas
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