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Coding rules extractor into the Sonar format




sonar-rules-extractor is a Python tool that extracts the violation rules from analysis tools like Cppcheck, C++Test, Klocwork, etc. and converts them into Sonar rules.

Why converting those rules into Sonar rules?

When we are doing a conformity analysis of coding rules, the output of this analysis gives us a link between the line of the source file where the rule has been violated and the ID of this violated rule. An association between a rule ID and its description has to be given to Sonar.

To take into account all the custom rules developed in the quality analysis tools, it is necessary to have a utility which exports those tools' rules. The Sonar Rules Extractor is there for that.

Note: Sonar has by default five kinds of rule severity: Blocker, Critical, Major, Minor, Info. But it is not the case for all the analysis tools. For example, in Klocwork, the severities are represented by numbers : 1 (Critical) to 10 (Info).

The Sonar Rules Extractor will have a mapping of those levels so they mean something to Sonar.

How to install it?

If you have Python setuptools already installed and have a direct internet connection, you just need to run the following command:

root@localhost:~# easy_install -O2 sonar-rules-extractor

If Python setuptools is not installed, please install it first.

If you don't have a direct connection to the internet, download a package suitable to your distribution and install it.

root@localhost:~# tar zxvf sonar-rules-extractor*.tar.gz
root@localhost:~# cd sonar-rules-extractor*
root@localhost:~# python install -O2

For windows users who don't want to run the command line installer, there is a native .exe package.
Last updated on May 8th, 2012

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