java:S5850 vs. java:S6395

We are running

  • Community Edition, Version 9.9 (build 65466), installed from zip

We have a piece of code to remove leading and trailing quotes from a string

theString.replaceAll("^\"|\"$", "");

this gives us : Alternatives in regular expressions should be grouped when used with anchors (java:S5850)

so we replace it with (as suggested as compliant solution)
theString.replaceAll("(?:^\")|(?:\"$)", "")

but now there is a new code smell : Unwrap this unnecessarily grouped subpattern. Non-capturing groups without quantifier should not be used (java:S6395)

How can we resolve this ?

Hey Marcel,

Issue confirmed. Thanks for the report! The rules contradict each other and the problem is in rule S6395. "(?:^\")|(?:\"$)" is a false positive because the groups should not be regarded as unnecessary in this case.

I created a ticket for this issue: SONARJAVA-4479.

Until fixed, you could either suppress this FP using @SuppressWarnings("squid:S6395"), or remove one of both rules from your quality profile.


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Hi Marco,

Thanks for taking care. We’ll suppress the warning.


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