Lints can be toggled on and off in the middle of code when necessary through the use of special comments.

Allowing/denying lints for a piece of code

Suppose we have the following code:

local something = 1

selene will correctly attribute this as an unused variable:

warning[unused_variable]: something is assigned a value, but never used

   ┌── code.lua:1:7 ───
 1 │ local something = 1
   │       ^^^^^^^^^

However, perhaps we as the programmer have some reason for leaving this unused (and not renaming it to _something). This would be where inline lint filtering comes into play. In this case, we would simply write:

-- selene: allow(unused_variable)
local something = 1

This also works with settings other than allow--you can warn or deny lints in the same fashion. For example, you can have a project with the following selene.toml configuration:

unused_variable = "allow" # I'm fine with unused variables in code

...and have this in a separate file:

-- I'm usually okay with unused variables, but not this one
-- selene: deny(unused_variable)
local something = 1

This is applied to the entire piece of code its near, not just the next line. For example:

-- selene: allow(unused_variable)
    local foo = 1
    local bar = 2

...will silence the unused variable warning for both foo and bar.

Allowing/denying lints for an entire file

If you want to allow/deny a lint for an entire file, you can do this by attaching the following code to the beginning:

--# selene: allow(lint_name)

The # tells selene that you want to apply these globally.

These must be before any code, otherwise selene will deny it. For example, the following code:

local x = 1
--# selene: allow(unused_variable)

...will cause selene to error:

warning[unused_variable]: x is assigned a value, but never used
  ┌─ -:1:7
1 │ local x = 1
  │       ^

error[invalid_lint_filter]: global filters must come before any code
  ┌─ -:1:1
1 │ local x = 1
  │ ----------- global filter must be before this
2 │ --# selene: allow(unused_variable)

Combining multiple lints

You can filter multiple lints in two ways:

-- selene: allow(lint_one)
-- selene: allow(lint_two)

-- or...

-- selene: allow(lint_one, lint_two)