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Summary: Unresolved import

Category: Imports


Imports that can't be resolved.


OPA does no compile time checks to ensure that references in imports resolve to anything, and unresolved references at runtime are simply undefined. This is not a bug in OPA, but a necessary feature to allow for dynamic loading of data and policy at runtime. The fact that it's not a bug does however not mean that it can't be a problem! A simple typo, a refactoring, or a mistake, could easily lead to an an import being unresolved, and as such undefined at runtime.

This rule takes a stricter approach to imports, and will have Regal try to resolve them by scanning all the policies it is provided for packages, rules and functions that may resolve the import. Note that Regal does not scan any data files. If no reference is found, the rule will flag it as unresolved.

Since unresolved imports may be perfectly valid — for example when an import points to data — this rule provides an option in its configuration to except certain paths from being checked. These paths may even contain a wildcard suffix to indicate that any path past the wildcard (e.g. data.users.*) should be ignored. It is also possible to use a regular ignore directive:

package example

# this is provided as data!
# regal ignore:unresolved-import
import data.users

Configuration Options

This linter rule provides the following configuration options:

# one of "error", "warning", "ignore"
level: error
# list of paths that should be ignored
# these may be paths to data, or rules that may
# not be present at the time of linting
- data.identity.users
- data.permissions.*


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