Checks Linux kernel code to see if it uses the results from the functions in linux/err.h. Also checks to see if code uses the results from functions that directly return a value from one of these error functions.

This is important in the Linux kernel because ERR_PTR, PTR_ERR, IS_ERR, IS_ERR_OR_NULL, ERR_CAST, and PTR_ERR_OR_ZERO return values must be checked, since positive pointers and negative error codes are being used in the same context. These functions are marked with __attribute__((warn_unused_result)), but some kernel versions do not have this warning enabled for clang.


/* Trivial unused call to an ERR function */

/* A function that returns ERR_PTR. */
void *fn() { ERR_PTR(-EINVAL); }

/* An invalid use of fn. */