BugChecker has incorrect ProvidesFix tag, please update

Has Fix?

The problem

We use the providesFix field of @BugPattern to keep track of whether Error Prone bug checkers suggest a fix to the bug, or just point out the presence of an antipattern. There are two different possible values: the default being NO_FIX for if we do not supply a refactoring, and REQUIRES_HUMAN_ATTENTION1 for when we do.

The ProvidesFixChecker helps keep these values updated. It verifies that bug checkers do not return a description that includes a fix without setting providesFix = REQUIRES_HUMAN_ATTENTION.

Note: this checker will have false negatives – we cannot detect the absence of a fix. So please keep this field updated to the best of your knowledge :)


Suppress false positives by adding the suppression annotation @SuppressWarnings("ProvidesFix") to the enclosing element.

  1. Theoretically, one day, we could have a tag that indicates we are 100% confident that a fix can be applied without review… but for now, we do not make any such claims, so we ask that users look at and test the fixes we suggest before submitting them.