Re: [SCRIPT] chomp: trim trailing whitespace

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Jeff Garzik wrote:
Attached to this email is chomp.pl, a Perl script which removes trailing
whitespace from several files. I've had this for years, as trailing
whitespace is one of my pet peeves.
Now that git-applymbox complains loudly whenever a patch adds trailing
whitespace, I figured this script may be useful to others.
This is the script I use for the same purpose. It's a bit more
sophisticated, in that it detects and avoids binary files, and doesn't
throw an error if it encounters a directory (which can happen if you
give it a wildcard.)
	-hpa
#!/usr/bin/perl
#
# Clean a text file of stealth whitespace
#

use bytes;

$name = 'cleanfile';

foreach $f ( @ARGV ) {
    print STDERR "$name: $f\n";

    if (! -f $f) {
	print STDERR "$f: not a file\n";
	next;
    }
    
    if (!open(FILE, '+<', $f)) {
	print STDERR "$name: Cannot open file: $f: $!\n";
	next;
    }

    binmode FILE;

    # First, verify that it is not a binary file
    $is_binary = 0;

    while (read(FILE, $data, 65536) > 0) {
	if ($data =~ /\0/) {
	    $is_binary = 1;
	    last;
	}
    }

    if ($is_binary) {
	print STDERR "$name: $f: binary file\n";
	next;
    }

    seek(FILE, 0, 0);

    @blanks = ();
    @lines  = ();

    while ( defined($line = <FILE>) ) {
	$line =~ s/[ \t\r\n]*$/\n/;

	if ( $line eq "\n" ) {
	    push(@blanks, $line);
	} else {
	    push(@lines, @blanks);
	    push(@lines, $line);
	    @blanks = ();
	}
    }

    # Any blanks at the end of the file are discarded

    seek(FILE, 0, 0);
    print FILE @lines;

    if ( !defined($where = tell(FILE)) ||
	 !truncate(FILE, $where) ) {
	die "$name: Failed to truncate modified file: $f: $!\n";
    }
    close(FILE);
}

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