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lint -- a C program verifier
lint [-abceFgHhPprVvwxz] [-i | -nu] [-S | -s | -t] [-B directory]
[-D name[=def]] [-d directory] [-I directory] [-L directory] [-MD]
[-l library] [-o outputfile] [-U name] [-X id[,id ...]] file ...
lint [-abceFgHhprVvwz] [-S | -s | -t] -C library [-B directory]
[-D name[=def]] [-d directory] [-I directory] [-MD] [-R old=new]
[-U name] [-X id[,id ...]] file ...
lint attempts to detect features of the named C program files that are
likely to be bugs, to be non-portable, or to be wasteful. It also per-
forms stricter type checking than does the C compiler. The list of
errors lint produces are enumerated in lint(7).
lint runs the C preprocessor as its first phase, with the following pre-
processor symbols defined to allow certain questionable code to be
altered or skipped: __LINT__, lint, __lint, __lint__. These symbols
should therefore be thought of as reserved words for all code that is to
be checked by lint.
Among the possible problems that are currently noted are unreachable
statements, loops not entered at the top, variables declared and not
used, and logical expressions with constant values. Function calls are
checked for inconsistencies, such as calls to functions that return val-
ues in some places and not in others, functions called with varying num-
bers of arguments, function calls that pass arguments of a type other
than the type the function expects to receive, functions whose values are
not used, and calls to functions not returning values that use the non-
existent return value of the function.
Filename arguments ending with .c are taken to be C source files. File-
name arguments with names ending with .ln are taken to be the result of
an earlier invocation of lint, with either the -i, -o or -C option in
effect. The .ln files are analogous to the .o (object) files produced by
cc(1) from .c files. lint also accepts special libraries specified with
the -l option, which contain definitions of library routines and vari-
lint takes all the .c, .ln, and llib-llibrary.ln (lint library) files and
processes them in command-line order. By default, lint appends the stan-
dard C lint library (llib-lc.ln) to the end of the list of files. When
the -i option is used, the .ln files are ignored. Also, when the -o or
-i options are used, the llib-llibrary.ln files are ignored. When the -i
option is omitted the second pass of lint checks this list of files for
mutual compatibility. At this point, if a complaint stems not from a
given source file, but from one of its included files, the source file-
name will be printed followed by a question mark.
The special input file name ``-'' causes lint to take input from standard
input (until end of file) and process it as if it were a .c file. If the
-i flag is given and ``-'' is named as one of the input files, the -o
flag must also be specified to provide an output file name.
-a Report assignments of long values to variables that are
-aa Additional to -a, report all assignments of integer
values to other integer values which cause implicit
-Bpath Path to use when looking for the lint1 and lint2 bina-
ries. Defaults to /usr/libexec.
-b Report break statements that cannot be reached. This
is not the default because, unfortunately, most lex(1)
and many yacc(1) outputs produce many such complaints.
-Clibrary Create a lint library with the name llib-llibrary.ln.
This library is built from all .c and .ln input files.
After all global definitions of functions and variables
in these files are written to the newly created
library, lint checks all input files, including
libraries specified with the -l option, for mutual com-
-c Complain about casts which have questionable portabil-
-Dname[=def] Define name for cpp(1), as if by a #define directive.
If no definition is given, name is defined as 1.
-ddirectory Use directory instead of /usr/include as the default
place to find include files.
-e Complain about unusual operations on enum-Types and
combinations of enum- and integer-Types.
-F Print pathnames of files. lint normally prints the
filename without the path.
-g Don't print warnings for some extensions of gcc(1) to
the C language. Currently these are nonconstant ini-
tializers in automatic aggregate initializations,
arithmetic on pointer to void, trailing commas in enum
declarations, C++ -style ``//'' comments, zero sized
structures, subscripting of non-lvalue arrays, proto-
types overriding old style function declarations and
long long integer types. The -g flag also turns on the
keywords asm and inline (alternative keywords with
leading underscores for both asm and inline are always
-H If a complaint stems from an included file lint prints
the name of the included file instead of the source
file name followed by a question mark.
-h Apply a number of heuristic tests to attempt to intuit
bugs, improve style, and reduce waste.
-Idirectory Add directory to the list of directories in which to
search for include files.
-i Produce a .ln file for every .c file on the command
line. These .ln files are the product of lint's first
pass only, and are not checked for compatibility
-Ldirectory Search for lint libraries in directory and
directory/lint before searching the standard place.
-llibrary Include the lint library llib-llibrary.ln.
-MD Pass -MD to cpp(1) causing cpp to create files contain-
ing dependency information for each source file.
-n Do not check compatibility against the standard
-ooutputfile Name the output file outputfile. The output file pro-
duced is the input that is given to lint's second pass.
The -o option simply saves this file in the named out-
put file. If the -i option is also used the files are
not checked for compatibility. To produce a
llib-llibrary.ln without extraneous messages, use of
the -u option is suggested. The -v option is useful if
the source file(s) for the lint library are just exter-
-P Enable more portability warnings: Enum comparisons,
sign extension issues when assigning to wider integer
types, overflow warnings when assigning to wider types.
-p Attempt to check portability of code to other dialects
-R old=new Remap old directory prefixes to new for reproducible
-r In case of redeclarations report the position of the
-S C9X mode. Currently not fully implemented.
-s Strict ANSI C mode. Issue warnings and errors required
by ANSI C. Also do not produce warnings for constructs
which behave differently in traditional C and ANSI C.
With the -s flag, __STRICT_ANSI__ is a predefined pre-
-t Traditional C mode. __STDC__ is not predefined in this
mode. Warnings are printed for constructs not allowed
in traditional C. Warnings for constructs which behave
differently in traditional C and ANSI C are suppressed.
Preprocessor macros describing the machine type (e.g.
sun3) and machine architecture (e.g. m68k) are defined
without leading and trailing underscores. The keywords
const, volatile and signed are not available in tradi-
tional C mode (although the alternative keywords with
leading underscores still are).
-Uname Remove any initial definition of name for the pre-
-u Do not complain about functions and external variables
used and not defined, or defined and not used (this is
suitable for running lint on a subset of files compris-
ing part of a larger program).
-V Print the command lines constructed by the controller
program to run the C preprocessor and lint's first and
-v Suppress complaints about unused arguments in func-
-w Treat warnings as errors.
-X id[,id ...] Suppress error messages identified by the list of ids.
A list of messages and ids can be found in lint(7).
-x Report variables referred to by extern declarations,
but never used.
-z Do not complain about structures that are never defined
(for example, using a structure pointer without knowing
lint's first pass reads standard C source files. lint recognizes the
following C comments as commands.
/* ARGSUSEDn */
Makes lint check only the first n arguments for usage; a
missing n is taken to be 0 (this option acts like the -v
option for the next function).
/* BITFIELDTYPE */
Suppress error messages about illegal bitfield types if the
type is an integer type, and suppress non-portable bitfield
/* CONSTCOND */ or /* CONSTANTCOND */ or /* CONSTANTCONDITION */
Suppress complaints about constant operands for the next
/* FALLTHRU */ or /* FALLTHROUGH */
Suppress complaints about fall through to a case or default
labeled statement. This directive should be placed immedi-
ately preceding the label.
/* LINTLIBRARY */
At the beginning of a file, mark all functions and variables
defined in this file as used. Also shut off complaints about
unused function arguments.
/* LINTEDn [comment] */ or /* NOSTRICTn [comment] */
Suppresses any intra-file warning except those dealing with
unused variables or functions. This directive should be
placed on the line immediately preceding where the lint warn-
ing occurred. The optional numeric argument suppresses the
specific numbered message instead of every message. A list
of messages and ids can be found in lint(7).
/* LONGLONG */
Suppress complaints about use of long long integer types.
/* NOTREACHED */
At appropriate points, inhibit complaints about unreachable
code. (This comment is typically placed just after calls to
functions like exit(3)).
/* PRINTFLIKEn */
Makes lint check the first (n-1) arguments as usual. The
n-th argument is interpreted as a printf format string that
is used to check the remaining arguments.
/* PROTOLIBn */
Causes lint to treat function declaration prototypes as func-
tion definitions if n is non-zero. This directive can only
be used in conjunction with the /* LINTLIBRARY */ directive.
If n is zero, function prototypes will be treated normally.
/* SCANFLIKEn */
Makes lint check the first (n-1) arguments as usual. The
n-th argument is interpreted as a scanf format string that is
used to check the remaining arguments.
/* VARARGSn */
Suppress the usual checking for variable numbers of arguments
in the following function declaration. The data types of the
first n arguments are checked; a missing n is taken to be 0.
The behavior of the -i and the -o options allows for incremental use of
lint on a set of C source files. Generally, one invokes lint once for
each source file with the -i option. Each of these invocations produces
a .ln file that corresponds to the .c file, and prints all messages that
are about just that source file. After all the source files have been
separately run through lint, it is invoked once more (without the -i
option), listing all the .ln files with the needed -llibrary options.
This will print all the inter-file inconsistencies. This scheme works
well with make(1); it allows make(1) to be used to lint only the source
files that have been modified since the last time the set of source files
LIBDIR The directory where the lint libraries specified by the
-llibrary option must exist. If this environment variable is
undefined, then the default path /usr/libdata/lint will be
used to search for the libraries.
TMPDIR Usually the path for temporary files can be redefined by set-
ting this environment variable.
CC Location of the C compiler program. Defaults to /usr/bin/cc.
/usr/libdata/lint/llib-l*.ln various prebuilt lint libraries
cc(1), cpp(1), make(1), lint(7)
The routines exit(3), longjmp(3) and other functions that do not return
are not understood; this causes various incorrect diagnostics.
Static functions which are used only before their first extern declara-
tion are reported as unused.
Libraries created by the -o option will, when used in later lint runs,
cause certain errors that were reported when the libraries were created
to be reported again, and cause line numbers and file names from the
original source used to create those libraries to be reported in error
messages. For these reasons, it is recommended to use the -C option to
create lint libraries.
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