Ignoring Issues and Files

How to tell a Trunk Check linter to ignore certain issues or entire groups of files.

Ignoring parts of a file

Sometimes we want to deliberately tell a linter that, yes, I know what I'm doing, and yes, in any other situation I should not do this, but in this specific case it's fine. Maybe there's a dummy private key you're using for a test stack, or fixing the lint issue will actually make your code less readable: whatever it is, you now need to figure out how to suppress a given lint issue.

Trunk provides a simple, standardized mechanism to do this, saving you from having to look up the linter-specific syntax for doing so:

struct FooBar {
  // trunk-ignore(clang-tidy/modernize-use-nullptr): load-bearing NULL, see ISSUE-832
  void *ptr = NULL;

This tells Trunk that the clang-tidy linter found a modernize-use-nullptr issue on the highlighted line and that Trunk should suppress this linter issue.

Comments may be omitted:

struct FooBar {
  // trunk-ignore(clang-tidy/modernize-use-nullptr)
  void *ptr = NULL;

You can also omit the name of the check to simply tell Trunk that all issues from a given linter on a specific line should be suppressed:

struct FooBar {
  // trunk-ignore(clang-tidy)
  void *ptr = NULL;

trunk-ignore directives can also be placed at the end of the line on which they're suppressing lint issues:

struct FooBar {
  void *ptr1 = NULL;  // trunk-ignore(clang-tidy/modernize-use-nullptr)
  void *ptr2 = NULL;  // trunk-ignore(clang-tidy)

If you need to suppress issues from multiple linters, trunk-ignore supports that too:

struct FooBar {
  // trunk-ignore(clang-tidy): ISSUE-914 explains why the `void *` type is needed
  // trunk-ignore(gitleaks,my-custom-linter/do-not-hardcode-passwords): see ISSUE-915
  void *super_secret_password = (void *)("915dr~S$Pzqod~oR*CrQ$/SQ@hbtQBked:CL@z!y]");

Notice that a trunk-ignore directive applies not to the next line, but the next non-trunk-ignore line (this only works for preceding directives, not trailing directives), and that you can use a single directive for suppressing multiple checks.

Ignoring all issues/formatting in a file

You can also ignore all issues or formatting in a file:

// trunk-ignore-all(clang-tidy)
struct FooBar {
  void *ptr1 = NULL;
  void *ptr2 = NULL;

trunk-ignore-all is not required to be the first line of a file, because we recognize that other constructs (shebangs, front matter, docstrings) may need to take precedence.

Ignoring all issues in a code block

Alternatively, you can ignore all matching issues in a code block:

struct FooBar {
  // trunk-ignore-begin(clang-tidy)
  void *ptr1 = NULL;
  void *ptr2 = NULL;
  // trunk-ignore-end(clang-tidy)


The syntax of a trunk-ignore directive is as follows:

<trunk-ignore>      ::= <trunk-ignore-type> "(" <check-ids> ")" <optional-comment>
<trunk-ignore-type> ::= "trunk-ignore" | "trunk-ignore-begin" | "trunk-ignore-end" | "trunk-ignore-all"
<check-ids>         ::= <check-id> <optional-check-id>
<optional-check-id> ::= "," <check-id>
<check-id>          ::= <linter-id> <optional-rule-id>
<optional-rule-id>  ::= "/" <rule-id>
<optional-comment>  ::= ": " <comment>

Ignoring Multiple Files

Some files are never meant to be checked, such as generated code. To ignore them, use the ignore key to your .trunk/trunk.yaml file:

    - linters: [ALL]
        # Ignore generated files
        - src/generated/**
        # Except for files ending in .foo
        - !src/generated/**/*.foo # Test data
        - test/test_data

Every entry in ignore defines both a set of linters and a set of paths to ignore.



List of linters (i.e. [black, eslint]) or the special [ALL] tag


List of glob paths, relative to the root of the repo, to ignore. If a path begins with a ! then it represents an inverse ignore. This means that any file matching that glob will not be ignored, even if matched by other globs.

Trunk is git-aware, which means it ignores gitignore'd files by default.

Known Issues

trunk-ignore does not currently support:

  • suppressing findings on lines 0 or 1 using inline/block directives

If you need any of these to be supported, or you have another edge case, please reach out to us on the Trunk community slack.

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