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@@ -64,6 +64,8 @@ Example kernel-doc function comment:
* comment lines.
*
* The longer description can have multiple paragraphs.
+ *
+ * Return: Describe the return value of foobar.
*/
The short description following the subject can span multiple lines
@@ -78,6 +80,8 @@ If a function parameter is "..." (varargs), it should be listed in
kernel-doc notation as:
* @...: description
+The return value, if any, should be described in a dedicated section
+named "Return".
Example kernel-doc data structure comment.
@@ -222,6 +226,9 @@ only a "*").
"section header:" names must be unique per function (or struct,
union, typedef, enum).
+Use the section header "Return" for sections describing the return value
+of a function.
+
Avoid putting a spurious blank line after the function name, or else the
description will be repeated!
@@ -237,21 +244,21 @@ patterns, which are highlighted appropriately.
NOTE 1: The multi-line descriptive text you provide does *not* recognize
line breaks, so if you try to format some text nicely, as in:
- Return codes
+ Return:
0 - cool
1 - invalid arg
2 - out of memory
this will all run together and produce:
- Return codes 0 - cool 1 - invalid arg 2 - out of memory
+ Return: 0 - cool 1 - invalid arg 2 - out of memory
NOTE 2: If the descriptive text you provide has lines that begin with
some phrase followed by a colon, each of those phrases will be taken as
a new section heading, which means you should similarly try to avoid text
like:
- Return codes:
+ Return:
0: cool
1: invalid arg
2: out of memory