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cpplint: make it possible to run outside git repo

cpplint uses the top-level .git directory to determine what the root is
for #include guards.  If it doesn't find a .git directory, it walks up
all the way to the system root and subsequently complains that guards
must be written as HOME_USER_SRC_NODE_SRC_FILENAME_H_.

This commit replaces the .git-based path munging with a fixed root path
relative to the location of the cpplint script, making it possible to
successfully run `make test` from an extracted tarball.

Fixes: #2693
PR-URL: #2710
Reviewed-By: Sakthipriyan Vairamani <>
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bnoordhuis authored and rvagg committed Sep 5, 2015
1 parent b2c3c6d commit 371193409559d9742589520ee13bb27808dcee49
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  1. +4 −31 tools/
@@ -695,37 +695,10 @@ def RepositoryName(self):
locations won't see bogus errors.
fullname = self.FullName()
if os.path.exists(fullname):
project_dir = os.path.dirname(fullname)
if os.path.exists(os.path.join(project_dir, ".svn")):
# If there's a .svn file in the current directory, we recursively look
# up the directory tree for the top of the SVN checkout
root_dir = project_dir
one_up_dir = os.path.dirname(root_dir)
while os.path.exists(os.path.join(one_up_dir, ".svn")):
root_dir = os.path.dirname(root_dir)
one_up_dir = os.path.dirname(one_up_dir)
prefix = os.path.commonprefix([root_dir, project_dir])
return fullname[len(prefix) + 1:]
# Not SVN? Try to find a git or hg top level directory by searching up
# from the current path.
root_dir = os.path.dirname(fullname)
while (root_dir != os.path.dirname(root_dir) and
not os.path.exists(os.path.join(root_dir, ".git")) and
not os.path.exists(os.path.join(root_dir, ".hg"))):
root_dir = os.path.dirname(root_dir)
if (os.path.exists(os.path.join(root_dir, ".git")) or
os.path.exists(os.path.join(root_dir, ".hg"))):
prefix = os.path.commonprefix([root_dir, project_dir])
return fullname[len(prefix) + 1:]
# Don't know what to do; header guard warnings may be wrong...
return fullname
# XXX(bnoordhuis) Expects that lives in the tools/ directory.
toplevel = os.path.abspath(os.path.join(os.path.dirname(__file__), '..'))
prefix = os.path.commonprefix([fullname, toplevel])
return fullname[len(prefix) + 1:]
def Split(self):
"""Splits the file into the directory, basename, and extension.

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