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Re: Okay to commit purely cosmetic (indendation) fixes?

From: Clive Tovero
Subject: Re: Okay to commit purely cosmetic (indendation) fixes?
Date: Mon, 10 Aug 2020 13:55:42 -0400
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In that case, please start with CONTRIBUTE in the top-level directory
of the Emacs source tree.

I actually started yesterday higher-up, with "GNU *Coding Standards*" here: https://www.gnu.org/prep/standards/standards.html It does address some of the software dev standards and practices of GNU in general.

The ./CONTRIBUTE file pointed to ./admin/notes, so I thought this file might be patched with the white space wisdom (including the underlying rationale, e.g. git blame issues):


Git blame does have the -w option to ignore whitespace, but I haven't had to use git blame. In general, I use a graphical tool called Meld--because the complexity of diffing overwhelms the symbolic part of my brain and I have to use more of the visual part.

I realized too, that this whole topic makes a good case for, in any project, picking an indentation style, maybe enforcing it in commits, and sticking with it.

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