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Pointless arithmetic expression

Reports pointless arithmetic expressions. Such expressions include adding or subtracting zero, multiplying by zero or one, and division by one.

Such expressions may be the result of automated refactorings and they are unlikely to be what the developer intended to do.

The quick-fix simplifies such expressions.


void f(int a) { int x = a - a; int y = a + 0; int res = x / x; }

After the quick-fix is applied:

void f(int a) { int x = 0; int y = a; int res = 1; }

Locating this inspection


Can be used to locate inspection in e.g. Qodana configuration files, where you can quickly enable or disable it, or adjust its settings.

Via Settings dialog

Path to the inspection settings via IntelliJ Platform IDE Settings dialog, when you need to adjust inspection settings directly from your IDE.

Settings or Preferences | Editor | Inspections | Java | Numeric issues

Note that in rare cases, the suggested replacement might not be completely equivalent to the original code for all possible inputs. For example, the inspection suggests replacing x / x with 1. However, if x is zero, the original code throws ArithmeticException or results in NaN. Also, if x is NaN, then the result is also NaN. It's very unlikely that such behavior is intended.

Inspection options

Here you can find the description of settings available for the Pointless arithmetic expression inspection, and the reference of their default values.

Ignore named constants in determining pointless expressions

Default: Selected


By default bundled with

IntelliJ IDEA 2024.1, Qodana for JVM 2024.1,

Can be installed with plugin

Java, 241.18072

Last modified: 18 June 2024