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`no-useless-return` removes return statements in unreachable code #11647

benjie opened this issue Apr 23, 2019 · 0 comments


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commented Apr 23, 2019

Tell us about your environment

  • ESLint Version: v5.16.0 (via the website)
  • Node Version: website
  • npm Version: website

What parser (default, Babel-ESLint, etc.) are you using? default

Please show your full configuration:

This configuration (configured with just the no-useless-return rule)

What did you do? Please include the actual source code causing the issue, as well as the command that you used to run ESLint.

function foo(arg) {
  throw new Error("Debugging...");

  if (!arg) {
    return; // < This return incorrectly gets removed by auto-fix


Using link above

I added a throw statement to the top of my function to aid debugging, and the critical return statement from later in the code was dropped which I only discovered after removing the throw statement and strange errors occurring.

What did you expect to happen?

return; statement should be flagged in unreachable code if and only if it would be flagged in equivalent reachable code. (At least that's how I read the comment in the source code.)

If we were to remove the throw line, the return; statement would not be flagged; therefore it should not be flagged with the throw statement present.

What actually happened? Please include the actual, raw output from ESLint.

5:5 Unnecessary return statement. and fixed code removes the return statement. (See link)

Are you willing to submit a pull request to fix this bug?

This is currently beyond my ESLint skillset.

@benjie benjie added bug triage labels Apr 23, 2019

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