On Wed, 2007-06-27 at 14:05 -0400, Chris Shoemaker wrote:
> On Wed, Jun 27, 2007 at 10:59:20AM -0700, Josh Triplett wrote:
> > +Do not leave trailing whitespace at the ends of lines. Some editors with
> > +"smart" indentation will insert whitespace at the beginning of new lines as
> > +appropriate, so you can start typing the next line of code right away.
> > +However, some such editors do not remove the whitespace if you end up not
> > +putting a line of code there, such as if you leave a blank line. As a result,
> > +you end up with lines containing trailing whitespace.
> > +
> > +Git will warn you about patches that introduce trailing whitespace, and can
> > +optionally strip the trailing whitespace for you; however, if applying a series
> > +of patches, this may make later patches in the series fail by changing their
> > +context lines.
> What I'd really like to see is, _why_ is trailing whitespace
> considered harmful? Something about MUAs not preserving it or
When the trailing whitespace later disappears, that change shows up in
diffs, and since you can't see the whitespace difference, it just looks
like a mysterious change until you check it more closely. It also
introduces gratuitous conflicts and other such annoyances.
- Josh Triplett
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