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Re: Run-time dynamic linking in grep

From: Reuben Thomas
Subject: Re: Run-time dynamic linking in grep
Date: Sun, 30 Jan 2011 21:51:43 +0000

On 30 January 2011 21:38, Jim Meyering <address@hidden> wrote:
> Could some tool you use have converted 8 leading spaces to a TAB
> in that Makefile?  I think emacs' whitespace mode can be configured
> to do that.

I think we are talking at cross-purposes here, so I'll lay it out step by step.

1. My Emacs's whitespace mode changed the 8 leading spaces to a tab,
because I configured it to do that for GNU code (other GNU projects to
which I've contributed patches have used tabs in source code).

2. The patch I sent you therefore had this unwanted diff that changed
a line from 8 leading spaces to a tab. Oops. Sorry.

3. You cleaned up the patch, which should have included removing this
unwanted diff, and made a new patch.

4. You told me to apply your new cleaned-up patch to a clean git checkout.

5. I applied your new cleaned-up patch to a clean git checkout, and
discovered that it didn't apply, because your new cleaned-up patch,
instead of simply eliding my incorrect diff (8 leading spaces to tab),
instead had the reverse diff (tab to 8 leading spaces). But a clean
git checkout already had 8 leading spaces. So that bit of the patch
didn't apply.

6. Much confusion seems to have ensued. Sorry for any part I played in
its sowing.

I hope all is now clear.


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