Integrated: JDK-8272374: doclint should report missing "body" comments

Jonathan Gibbons jjg at
Mon Aug 16 20:51:32 UTC 2021

On Fri, 13 Aug 2021 03:51:23 GMT, Jonathan Gibbons <jjg at> wrote:

> Please review a relatively simple update to have doclnt check for empty "descriptions" -- the body of a doc comment, before the block tags.
> It is already the case that doclint checks for missing/empty descriptions in block tags, like @param, @return, etc.
> There are three cases to consider:
> * The comment itself is missing: this was already checked and reported as "missing comment".
> * The comment is present, but is empty ... this seems relatively unlikely, but is nevertheless checked and reported as "empty comment".
> * The comment is present but only has block tags. This is not always a problem, since the description may be inherited, for example, in an overriding method, but when it is an issue, it is reported as "no initial description". 
> No diagnostic is reported if the description is missing but the first tag is `@deprecated`, because in this case, javadoc will use the body of the `@deprecated` tag for the summary. See [`Character.UnicodeBlock#SURROGATES_AREA`]( and the corresponding entry in the summary table to see an example of this situation.
> Diagnostics are reported if the declaration is not an overriding method and does not begin with `@deprecated`.  This occurs in a number of places in the `java.desktop` module, often where the doc comment is of the form `/** @return _description_ */`.  To suppress those warnings for now, the `-missing` option is added to `DOCLINT_OPTIONS` for the `java.desktop` module.  To see the effects of this anti-pattern, look at the empty descriptions for [`javax.swing.text.html.parser.AttributeList`](
> Many of the doclint tests needed to be updated, because of their over-simplistic minimal comments. It was not possible, in general, to avoid updating the source code while preserving line numbers, so in many cases, the golden `*.out` files had to be updated as well.
> A new test is added, focussing on the different forms of empty/missing descriptions, as described above.

This pull request has now been integrated.

Changeset: ae45592d
Author:    Jonathan Gibbons <jjg at>
Stats:     280 lines in 37 files changed: 151 ins; 10 del; 119 mod

8272374: doclint should report missing "body" comments

Reviewed-by: kcr, hannesw



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