[Cocci] -o option fails when all files are skipped

Christoph Burschka christoph at burschka.de
Sat Feb 8 16:34:55 CET 2014

(Posted earlier at https://github.com/coccinelle/coccinelle/issues/16 )

Using the latest source (1.0.0-rc19), I'm trying to run this command:

spatch --no-includes --sp-file repr.cocci in.c -o out.c

This is the output I'm getting:

warning: line 9: should self be a metavariable?
warning: line 22: should self be a metavariable?
(ONCE) Expected tokens self PyObject PyString_FromString PyString_FromFormat
Fatal error: exception Failure("-o can not be applied because there are
multiple modified files")

Apparently this is because the only input file is skipped.

I was assuming that spatch would simply copy the unchanged input file in
that case, probably because I misinterpreted the following code block in

    (match outfiles with
    | [infile, Some outfile] when infile =$= x && null xs ->
        Common.command2 ("cp " ^outfile^ " " ^ !output_file)
    | [infile, None] when infile =$= x && null xs ->
        Common.command2 ("cp " ^infile^ " " ^ !output_file)
    | _ ->

(Instead, outfiles is an empty list. I guess it filters out the
irrelevant files before reaching this point? Sorry, I've never looked at
this source code before today.)

I'm trying to use this tool: https://fedorahosted.org/2to3c/

It applies a collection of semantic patches to a Python2 C extension to
upgrade it to Python3... but apparently it fails when any of those
patches are irrelevant. Is there a better way to do this?

Best regards,

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