Disallow Self Compare (no-self-compare)

Comparing a variable against itself is usually an error, either an typo or refactoring error. It is confusing to the reader and may potentially introduce a runtime error.

The only time you would compare a variable against itself is when you are testing for NaN. However, it is far more appropriate to use the isNaN() function for that use case rather than leaving the reader of the code to determine the intent of self comparison.

Rule Details

This error is raised to highlight a potentially confusing and potentially pointless piece of code. There are almost no situations in which you would need to compare something to itself.

var x = 10;
if (x === x) {
    x = 20;

Further Reading


This rule was introduced in ESLint 0.0.9.