make checkpatch warn about memset with swapped arguments.

From: Dave Jones
Date: Thu Mar 17 2011 - 00:52:34 EST

Because the second and third arguments of memset have the same type,
it turns out to be really easy to mix them up.

This bug comes up time after time, so checkpatch should really
be checking for it at patch submission time.

Signed-off-by: Dave Jones <davej@xxxxxxxxxx>

diff --git a/scripts/ b/scripts/
index 58848e3..421b3e69 100755
--- a/scripts/
+++ b/scripts/
@@ -2902,6 +2902,11 @@ sub process {
$line =~ /DEVICE_ATTR.*S_IWUGO/ ) {
WARN("Exporting world writable files is usually an error. Consider more restrictive permissions.\n" . $herecurr);
+ # Check for memset with swapped arguments
+ if ($line =~ /memset.*\,(\ |)(0x|)0(\ |0|)\);/) {
+ ERROR("memset size is 3rd argument, not the second.\n" . $herecurr);
+ }

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