ArrayTypeStyle

Description

Checks the style of array type definitions. Some like Java style: public static void main(String[] args) and some like C style: public static void main(String args[])

Properties

name description type default value
javaStyle Controls whether to enforce Java style (true) or C style (false). Boolean true

Examples

To configure the check to enforce Java style:

<module name="ArrayTypeStyle"/>
        

To configure the check to enforce C style:

<module name="ArrayTypeStyle">
    <property name="javaStyle" value="false"/>
</module>
        

Error Messages

All messages can be customized if the default message doesn't suite you. Please see the documentation to learn how to.

Package

com.puppycrawl.tools.checkstyle.checks

Parent Module

TreeWalker

AvoidEscapedUnicodeCharacters

Description

Restrict using Unicode escapes (e.g. \u221e). It is possible to allow using escapes for non-printable(control) characters. Also, this check can be configured to allow using escapes if trail comment is present. By the option it is possible to allow using escapes if literal contains only them.

Properties

name description type default value
allowEscapesForControlCharacters Allow use escapes for non-printable(control) characters. Boolean false
allowByTailComment Allow use escapes if trail comment is present. Boolean false
allowIfAllCharactersEscaped Allow if all characters in literal are escaped. Boolean false
allowNonPrintableEscapes Allow non-printable escapes. Boolean false

Examples

Examples of using Unicode:

String unitAbbrev = "μs"; //Best: perfectly clear even without a comment.
String unitAbbrev = "\u03bcs"; //Poor: the reader has no idea what this is.
        

An example of how to configure the check is:

<module name="AvoidEscapedUnicodeCharacters"/>
        

An example of non-printable(control) characters.

return '\ufeff' + content; // byte order mark
        

An example of how to configure the check to allow using escapes for non-printable(control) characters:

<module name="AvoidEscapedUnicodeCharacters">
    <property name="allowEscapesForControlCharacters" value="true"/>
</module>
        

Example of using escapes with trail comment:

String unitAbbrev = "\u03bcs"; // Greek letter mu, "s"
        

An example of how to configure the check to allow using escapes if trail comment is present:

<module name="AvoidEscapedUnicodeCharacters">
    <property name="allowByTailComment" value="true"/>
</module>
        

Example of using escapes if literal contains only them:

String unitAbbrev = "\u03bc\u03bc\u03bc";
        

An example of how to configure the check to allow escapes if literal contains only them:

<module name="AvoidEscapedUnicodeCharacters">
    <property name="allowIfAllCharactersEscaped" value="true"/>
</module>
        

An example of how to configure the check to allow non-printable escapes:

<module name="AvoidEscapedUnicodeCharacters">
    <property name="allowNonPrintableEscapes" value="true"/>
</module>
        

Error Messages

All messages can be customized if the default message doesn't suite you. Please see the documentation to learn how to.

Package

com.puppycrawl.tools.checkstyle.checks

Parent Module

TreeWalker

CommentsIndentation

Description

Controls the indentation between comments and surrounding code. Comments are indented at the same level as the surrounding code. Detailed info about such convention can be found here

Please take a look at the following examples to understand how the check works:

Example #1: Block comments.

1   /*
2    * it is Ok
3    */
4   boolean bool = true;
5
6     /* violation
7      * (block comment should have the same indentation level as line 9)
8      */
9   double d = 3.14;
        

Example #2: Comment is placed at the end of the block and has previous statement.

1   public void foo1() {
2       foo2();
3       // it is OK
4   }
5
6   public void foo2() {
7       foo3();
8          // violation (comment should have the same indentation level as line 7)
9   }
        

Example #3: Comment is used as a single line border to separate groups of methods.

1   /////////////////////////////// it is OK
2
3   public void foo7() {
4      int a = 0;
5   }
6
7     /////////////////////////////// violation (should have the same indentation level as line 9)
8
9   public void foo8() {}
        

Example #4: Comment has destributed previous statement.

1   public void foo11() {
2       CheckUtils
3           .getFirstNode(new DetailAST())
4           .getFirstChild()
5           .getNextSibling();
6       // it is OK
7   }
8
9   public void foo12() {
10       CheckUtils
11          .getFirstNode(new DetailAST())
12          .getFirstChild()
13          .getNextSibling();
14                // violation (should have the same indentation level as line 10)
15  }
        

Example #5: Single line block comment is placed within an empty code block. Note, if comment is placed at the end of the empty code block, we have Checkstyle's limitations to clearly detect user intention of explanation target - above or below. The only case we can assume as a violation is when a single line comment within the empty code block has indentation level that is lower than the indentation level of the closing right curly brace.

1   public void foo46() {
2       // comment
3       // block
4       // it is OK (we cannot clearly detect user intention of explanation target)
5   }
6
7   public void foo46() {
8  // comment
9  // block
10 // violation (comment hould have the same indentation level as line 11)
11  }
        

Example #6: 'fallthrough' comments and similar.

0   switch(a) {
1     case "1":
2        int k = 7;
3        // it is OK
4     case "2":
5        int k = 7;
6     // it is OK
7     case "3":
8        if (true) {}
9           // violation (should have the same indentation level as line 8 or 10)
10    case "4":
11    case "5": {
12        int a;
13    }
14    // fall through (it is OK)
15    case "12": {
16        int a;
17    }
18    default:
19        // it is OK
20  }
        

Example #7: Comment is placed within a destributed statement.

1   String breaks = "J"
2   // violation (comment should have the same indentation level as line 3)
3       + "A"
4       // it is OK
5       + "V"
6       + "A"
7   // it is OK
8   ;
        

Examnple #8: Comment is placed within an empty case block. Note, if comment is placed at the end of the empty case block, we have Checkstyle's limitations to clearly detect user intention of explanation target - above or below. The only case we can assume as a violation is when a single line comment within the empty case block has indentation level that is lower than the indentation level of the next case token.

1   case 4:
2     // it is OK
3   case 5:
4  // violation (should have the same indentation level as line 3 or 5)
5   case 6:
        

Example #9: Single line block comment has previous and next statement.

1   String s1 = "Clean code!";
2      s.toString().toString().toString();
3   // single line
4   // block
5   // comment (it is OK)
6   int a = 5;
7
8   String s2 = "Code complete!";
9    s.toString().toString().toString();
10            // violation (should have the same indentation level as line 11)
11       // violation (should have the same indentation level as line 12)
12     // violation (should have the same indentation level as line 13)
13  int b = 18;
        

Example #10: Comment within the block tries to describe the next code block.

1   public void foo42() {
2      int a = 5;
3      if (a == 5) {
4         int b;
5         // it is OK
6      } else if (a ==6) { ... }
7   }
8
9   public void foo43() {
10     try {
11        int a;
12     // Why do we catch exception here? - violation (should have the same indenatation as line 11)
13     } catch (Exception e) { ... }
14  }
        

Properties

name description type default value
tokens tokens to check subset of tokens SINGLE_LINE_COMMENT, BLOCK_COMMENT_BEGIN. SINGLE_LINE_COMMENT, BLOCK_COMMENT_BEGIN.

Examples

To configure the Check:

<module name="CommentsIndentation"/>
        

Error Messages

All messages can be customized if the default message doesn't suite you. Please see the documentation to learn how to.

Package

com.puppycrawl.tools.checkstyle.checks.indentation

Parent Module

TreeWalker

DescendantToken

Description

Checks for restricted tokens beneath other tokens.

WARNING: This is a very powerful and flexible check, but, at the same time, it is low-level and very implementation-dependent because its results depend on the grammar we use to build abstract syntax trees. Thus we recommend using other checks when they provide the desired functionality. Essentially, this check just works on the level of an abstract syntax tree and knows nothing about language structures.

Properties

name description type default value
limitedTokens set of tokens with limited occurrences as descendants subset of tokens declared in TokenTypes empty set
minimumDepth the minimum depth for descendant counts Integer 0
maximumDepth the maximum depth for descendant counts Integer java.lang.Integer.MAX_VALUE
minimumNumber a minimum count for descendants Integer 0
maximumNumber a maximum count for descendants Integer java.lang.Integer.MAX_VALUE
sumTokenCounts whether the number of tokens found should be calculated from the sum of the individual token counts Boolean false
minimumMessage error message when the minimum count is not reached String "descendant.token.min"
maximumMessage error message when the maximum count is exceeded String "descendant.token.max"

Examples

Switch with no default:

<module name="DescendantToken">
    <property name="tokens" value="LITERAL_SWITCH"/>
    <property name="maximumDepth" value="2"/>
    <property name="limitedTokens" value="LITERAL_DEFAULT"/>
    <property name="minimumNumber" value="1"/>
</module>
        

The condition in for performs no check:

<module name="DescendantToken">
    <property name="tokens" value="FOR_CONDITION"/>
    <property name="limitedTokens" value="EXPR"/>
    <property name="minimumNumber" value="1"/>
</module>
        

Comparing this with null (i.e. this == null and this != null):

<module name="DescendantToken">
    <property name="tokens" value="EQUAL,NOT_EQUAL"/>
    <property name="limitedTokens" value="LITERAL_THIS,LITERAL_NULL"/>
    <property name="maximumNumber" value="1"/>
    <property name="maximumDepth" value="1"/>
    <property name="sumTokenCounts" value="true"/>
</module>
        

String literal equality check:

<module name="DescendantToken">
    <property name="tokens" value="EQUAL,NOT_EQUAL"/>
    <property name="limitedTokens" value="STRING_LITERAL"/>
    <property name="maximumNumber" value="0"/>
    <property name="maximumDepth" value="1"/>
</module>
        

Assert statement may have side effects (formatted for browser display):

<module name="DescendantToken">
    <property name="tokens" value="LITERAL_ASSERT"/>
    <property name="limitedTokens" value="ASSIGN,DEC,INC,POST_DEC,
        POST_INC,PLUS_ASSIGN,MINUS_ASSIGN,STAR_ASSIGN,DIV_ASSIGN,MOD_ASSIGN,
        BSR_ASSIGN,SR_ASSIGN,SL_ASSIGN,BAND_ASSIGN,BXOR_ASSIGN,BOR_ASSIGN,
        METHOD_CALL"/>
    <property name="maximumNumber" value="0"/>
</module>
        

The initialiser in for performs no setup (where a while statement could be used instead):

<module name="DescendantToken">
    <property name="tokens" value="FOR_INIT"/>
    <property name="limitedTokens" value="EXPR"/>
    <property name="minimumNumber" value="1"/>
</module>
        

A switch within a switch:

<module name="DescendantToken">
    <property name="tokens" value="LITERAL_SWITCH"/>
    <property name="limitedTokens" value="LITERAL_SWITCH"/>
    <property name="maximumNumber" value="0"/>
    <property name="minimumDepth" value="1"/>
</module>
        

A return statement from within a catch or finally block:

<module name="DescendantToken">
    <property name="tokens" value="LITERAL_FINALLY,LITERAL_CATCH"/>
    <property name="limitedTokens" value="LITERAL_RETURN"/>
    <property name="maximumNumber" value="0"/>
</module>
        

A try statement within a catch or finally block:

<module name="DescendantToken">
    <property name="tokens" value="LITERAL_CATCH,LITERAL_FINALLY"/>
    <property name="limitedTokens" value="LITERAL_TRY"/>
    <property name="maximumNumber" value="0"/>
</module>
        

Too many cases within a switch:

<module name="DescendantToken">
    <property name="tokens" value="LITERAL_SWITCH"/>
    <property name="limitedTokens" value="LITERAL_CASE"/>
    <property name="maximumDepth" value="2"/>
    <property name="maximumNumber" value="10"/>
</module>
        

Too many local variables within a method:

<module name="DescendantToken">
    <property name="tokens" value="METHOD_DEF"/>
    <property name="limitedTokens" value="VARIABLE_DEF"/>
    <property name="maximumDepth" value="2"/>
    <property name="maximumNumber" value="10"/>
</module>
        

Too many returns from within a method:

<module name="DescendantToken">
    <property name="tokens" value="METHOD_DEF"/>
    <property name="limitedTokens" value="LITERAL_RETURN"/>
    <property name="maximumNumber" value="3"/>
</module>
        

Too many fields within an interface:

<module name="DescendantToken">
    <property name="tokens" value="INTERFACE_DEF"/>
    <property name="limitedTokens" value="VARIABLE_DEF"/>
    <property name="maximumDepth" value="2"/>
    <property name="maximumNumber" value="0"/>
</module>
        

Limits the number of exceptions a method can throw:

<module name="DescendantToken">
    <property name="tokens" value="LITERAL_THROWS"/>
    <property name="limitedTokens" value="IDENT"/>
    <property name="maximumNumber" value="1"/>
</module>
        

Limits the number of expressions in a method:

<module name="DescendantToken">
    <property name="tokens" value="METHOD_DEF"/>
    <property name="limitedTokens" value="EXPR"/>
    <property name="maximumNumber" value="200"/>
</module>
        

Disallows empty statements:

<module name="DescendantToken">
    <property name="tokens" value="EMPTY_STAT"/>
    <property name="limitedTokens" value="EMPTY_STAT"/>
    <property name="maximumNumber" value="0"/>
    <property name="maximumDepth" value="0"/>
    <property name="maximumMessage"
        value="Empty statement is not allowed."/>
</module>
        

Too many fields within a class:

<module name="DescendantToken">
    <property name="tokens" value="CLASS_DEF"/>
    <property name="limitedTokens" value="VARIABLE_DEF"/>
    <property name="maximumDepth" value="2"/>
    <property name="maximumNumber" value="10"/>
</module>
        

Example of Usage

Error Messages

All messages can be customized if the default message doesn't suite you. Please see the documentation to learn how to.

Package

com.puppycrawl.tools.checkstyle.checks

Parent Module

TreeWalker

FileContentsHolder

Description

Holds the current file contents for global access when configured as a TreeWalker sub-module. For example,a filter can access the current file contents through this module.

Examples

This check should not be used by itself, as it does no reporting. It is to be used in conjuction with other checks like SuppressionCommentFilter and SuppressWithNearbyCommentFilter.

Example of Usage

Package

com.puppycrawl.tools.checkstyle.checks

Parent Module

TreeWalker

FinalParameters

Description

Check that parameters for methods, constructors, and catch blocks are final. Interface, abstract, and native methods are not checked: the final keyword does not make sense for interface, abstract, and native method parameters as there is no code that could modify the parameter.

Rationale: Changing the value of parameters during the execution of the method's algorithm can be confusing and should be avoided. A great way to let the Java compiler prevent this coding style is to declare parameters final.

Properties

name description type default value
ignorePrimitiveTypes ignore primitive types as parameters Boolean false
tokens tokens to check subset of tokens METHOD_DEF, CTOR_DEF, LITERAL_CATCH, FOR_EACH_CLAUSE. METHOD_DEF, CTOR_DEF.

Examples

To configure the check to enforce final parameters for methods and constructors:

<module name="FinalParameters"/>
        

To configure the check to enforce final parameters only for constructors:

<module name="FinalParameters">
    <property name="tokens" value="CTOR_DEF"/>
</module>
        

To configure the check to allow ignoring primitive datatypes as parameters:

<module name="FinalParameters">
    <property name="ignorePrimitiveTypes" value="true"/>
</module>
        

Example of Usage

Error Messages

All messages can be customized if the default message doesn't suite you. Please see the documentation to learn how to.

Package

com.puppycrawl.tools.checkstyle.checks

Parent Module

TreeWalker

Indentation

Description

Checks correct indentation of Java code.

The idea behind this is that while pretty printers are sometimes convenient for bulk reformats of legacy code, they often either aren't configurable enough or just can't anticipate how format should be done. Sometimes this is personal preference, other times it is practical experience. In any case, this check should just ensure that a minimal set of indentation rules is followed.

Properties

name description type default value
basicOffset how many spaces to use for new indentation level Integer 4
braceAdjustment how far braces should be indented when on the next line Integer 0
caseIndent how much to indent a case label Integer 4
throwsIndent how far a throws clause should be indented when on next line Integer 4
arrayInitIndent how much to indent an array initialisation when on next line Integer 4
lineWrappingIndentation how far continuation line should be indented when line-wrapping is present Integer 4
forceStrictCondition force strict condition in line wrapping case. If value is true, line wrap indent have to be same as lineWrappingIndentation parameter Boolean false

Examples

To configure the check:

<module name="Indentation"/>
        

To configure the check to enforce the indentation style recommended by Oracle:

<module name="Indentation">
    <property name="caseIndent" value="0"/>
</module>
        

To configure the Check to enforce strict condition in line-wrapping validation.

<module name="Indentation">
    <property name="forceStrictCondition" value="true"/>
</module>
        

Such config doesn't allow next cases:

void foo(String aFooString,
        int aFooInt) {} // indent:8 ; expected: 4; warn, because 8 != 4
        

But if forceStrictCondition = false, this code is valid:

void foo(String aFooString,
        int aFooInt) {} // indent:8 ; expected: > 4; ok, because 8 > 4
        

Error Messages

All messages can be customized if the default message doesn't suite you. Please see the documentation to learn how to.

Package

com.puppycrawl.tools.checkstyle.checks.indentation

Parent Module

TreeWalker

NewlineAtEndOfFile

Description

Checks whether files end with a line separator.

Rationale: Any source files and text files in general should end with a line separator to let other easily add new content at the end of file and "diff" command does not show previous lines as changed.
Example (line 36 should not be in diff): example of diff

Old Ratinale: CVS source control management systems will even print a warning when it encounters a file that doesn't end with a line separator.

Properties

name description type default value
lineSeparator type of line separator One of "system" (system default), "crlf" (Windows-style), "cr" (Mac-style), "lf" (Unix-style) and "lf_cr_crlf" (lf, cr or crlf). "system"
fileExtensions file type extension of the files to check. String Set all files

Examples

To configure the check:

<module name="NewlineAtEndOfFile"/>
        

To configure the check to always use Unix-style line separators:

<module name="NewlineAtEndOfFile">
    <property name="lineSeparator" value="lf"/>
</module>
        

To configure the check to work only on Java, XML and Python files:

<module name="NewlineAtEndOfFile">
    <property name="fileExtensions" value="java, xml, py"/>
</module>
          

Example of Usage

Error Messages

All messages can be customized if the default message doesn't suite you. Please see the documentation to learn how to.

Package

com.puppycrawl.tools.checkstyle.checks

Parent Module

Checker

OuterTypeFilename

Description

Checks that the outer type name and the file name match. For example, the class Foo must be in a file named Foo.java.

Examples

To configure the check:

<module name="OuterTypeFilename"/>
        

Error Messages

All messages can be customized if the default message doesn't suite you. Please see the documentation to learn how to.

Package

com.puppycrawl.tools.checkstyle.checks

Parent Module

TreeWalker

TodoComment

Description

A check for TODO: comments. Actually it is a generic regular expression matcher on Java comments. To check for other patterns in Java comments, set the format property.

Properties

name description type default value
format Pattern to match comments against regular expression TODO:

Notes

Using TODO: comments is a great way to keep track of tasks that need to be done. Having them reported by Checkstyle makes it very hard to forget about them.

Examples

To configure the check:

<module name="TodoComment"/>
        

To configure the check for comments that contain TODO and FIXME:

<module name="TodoComment">
    <property name="format" value="(TODO)|(FIXME)"/>
</module>
        

Example of Usage

Error Messages

All messages can be customized if the default message doesn't suite you. Please see the documentation to learn how to.

Package

com.puppycrawl.tools.checkstyle.checks

Parent Module

TreeWalker

TrailingComment

Description

The check to ensure that requires that comments be the only thing on a line. For the case of // comments that means that the only thing that should precede it is whitespace. It doesn't check comments if they do not end a line; for example, it accepts the following: Thread.sleep( 10 <some comment here> ); Format property is intended to deal with the "} // while" example.

Rationale: Steve McConnel in Code Complete suggests that endline comments are a bad practice. An end line comment would be one that is on the same line as actual code. For example:

a = b + c;      // Some insightful comment
d = e / f;        // Another comment for this line
        

Quoting Code Complete for the justification:

  • "The comments have to be aligned so that they do not interfere with the visual structure of the code. If you don't align them neatly, they'll make your listing look like it's been through a washing machine."
  • "Endline comments tend to be hard to format...It takes time to align them. Such time is not spent learning more about the code; it's dedicated solely to the tedious task of pressing the spacebar or tab key."
  • "Endline comments are also hard to maintain. If the code on any line containing an endline comment grows, it bumps the comment farther out, and all the other endline comments will have to bumped out to match. Styles that are hard to maintain aren't maintained...."
  • "Endline comments also tend to be cryptic. The right side of the line doesn't offer much room and the desire to keep the comment on one line means the comment must be short. Work then goes into making the line as short as possible instead of as clear as possible. The comment usually ends up as cryptic as possible...."
  • "A systemic problem with endline comments is that it's hard to write a meaningful comment for one line of code. Most endline comments just repeat the line of code, which hurts more than it helps."

McConnel's comments on being hard to maintain when the size of the line changes are even more important in the age of automated refactorings.

Properties

name description type default value
format pattern for strings allowed before the comment regular expression ^[\\s\\}\\);]*$
legalComment pattern for text allowed in trailing comments. (This pattern will not be applied to multiline comments and the text of the comment will be trimmed before matching.) regular expression (not set)

Examples

To configure the check:

<module name="TrailingComment"/>
        

To configure the check so it enforces only comment on a line:

<module name="TrailingComment">
    <property name="format" value="^\\s*$"/>
 </module>
        

Example of Usage

Error Messages

All messages can be customized if the default message doesn't suite you. Please see the documentation to learn how to.

Package

com.puppycrawl.tools.checkstyle.checks

Parent Module

TreeWalker

Translation

Description

A FileSetCheck that ensures the correct translation of code by checking property files for consistency regarding their keys. Two property files describing one and the same context are consistent if they contain the same keys. TranslationCheck also can check an existence of required translations which must exist in project, if 'requiredTranslations' option is used.

Consider the following properties file in the same directory:

#messages.properties
hello=Hello
cancel=Cancel

#messages_de.properties
hell=Hallo
ok=OK
        

The Translation check will find the typo in the German hello key, the missing ok key in the default resource file and the missing cancel key in the German resource file:

messages_de.properties: Key 'hello' missing.
messages_de.properties: Key 'cancel' missing.
messages.properties: Key 'hell' missing.
messages.properties: Key 'ok' missing.
        

Properties

name description type default value
fileExtensions File type extension to identify translation files. Setting this property is typically only required if your translation files are preprocessed and the original files do not have the extension .properties String Set properties
baseName Base name of resource bundles which contain message resources. It helps the check to distinguish config and localization resources. regular expression ^messages.*$
requiredTranslations Allows to specify language codes of required translations which must exist in project. Language code is composed of the lowercase, two-letter codes as defined by ISO 639-1. Default value is empty String Set which means that only the existence of default translation is checked. Note, if you specify language codes (or just one language code) of required translations the check will also check for existence of default translation files in project. ATTENTION: the check will not perform the validation of ISO codes if the option is set to true. So, if you specify, for example, "mm" for language code, TranslationCheck will not warn about the incorrect language code and will use it for validation. String Set empty String Set

Examples

To configure the check to check only files which have '.properties' and '.translations' extensions:

<module name="Translation">
    <property name="fileExtensions" value="properties, translations"/>
</module>
        

Note, that files with the same path and base name but which have different extensions will be considered as files that belong to different resource bundles.

An example of how to configure the check to validate only bundles which base names start with "ButtonLabels":

<module name="Translation">
    <property name="baseName" value="^ButtonLabels.*$"/>
</module>
        

To configure the check to check existence of Japanese and French translations:

<module name="Translation">
    <property name="requiredTranslations" value="ja, fr"/>
</module>
        

The following example shows how the check works if there is a message bundle which element name contains language code, county code, platform name. Consider that we have the below configuration:

<module name="Translation">
    <property name="requiredTranslations" value="es, fr, de"/>
</module>
        

As we can see from the configuration, the TranslationCheck was configured to check an existence of 'es', 'fr' and 'de' translations. Lets assume that we have the resource bunbdle:

messages_home.properties
messages_home_es_US.properties
messages_home_fr_CA_UNIX.properties
        

Than the check will rise the following violation: "0: Properties file 'messages_home_de.properties' is missing."

Example of Usage

Error Messages

All messages can be customized if the default message doesn't suite you. Please see the documentation to learn how to.

Package

com.puppycrawl.tools.checkstyle.checks

Parent Module

Checker

UncommentedMain

Description

Checks for uncommented main() methods.

Rationale: A main() method is often used for debugging purposes. When debugging is finished, developers often forget to remove the method, which changes the API and increases the size of the resulting class or JAR file. With the exception of the real program entry points, all main() methods should be removed or commented out of the sources.

Properties

name description type default value
excludedClasses Pattern for qualified names of classes which are allowed to have a main method. regular expression ^$

Examples

To configure the check:

<module name="UncommentedMain"/>
        

To configure the check to allow the main method for all classes with "Main" name:

<module name="UncommentedMain">
    <property name="excludedClasses" value="\.Main$"/>
</module>
        

Example of Usage

Error Messages

All messages can be customized if the default message doesn't suite you. Please see the documentation to learn how to.

Package

com.puppycrawl.tools.checkstyle.checks

Parent Module

TreeWalker

UniqueProperties

Description

Checks properties files for duplicated properties.

Rationale: Multiple property keys usually appear after merge or rebase of several branches. While there are no errors in runtime, there can be a confusion due to having different values for the duplicated properties.

Properties

name description type default value
fileExtensions file type extension of the files to check. String Set properties

Examples

To configure the check:

<module name="UniqueProperties">
    <property name="fileExtensions" value="properties" />
</module>
        

Example of Usage

Error Messages

All messages can be customized if the default message doesn't suite you. Please see the documentation to learn how to.

Package

com.puppycrawl.tools.checkstyle.checks

Parent Module

Checker

UpperEll

Description

Checks that long constants are defined with an upper ell. That is ' L' and not 'l'. This is in accordance with the Java Language Specification, Section 3.10.1.

The capital L looks a lot like 1.

Examples

To configure the check:

<module name="UpperEll"/>
        

Error Messages

All messages can be customized if the default message doesn't suite you. Please see the documentation to learn how to.

Package

com.puppycrawl.tools.checkstyle.checks

Parent Module

TreeWalker