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    SubjectRe: Indention - why spaces?
    On Sun, Dec 29, 2002 at 07:43:03PM -0800, Larry McVoy wrote:
    > On Sun, Dec 29, 2002 at 07:33:20PM -0800, Russ Allbery wrote:
    > > Felix Domke <tmbinc@elitedvb.net> writes:
    > >
    > > > i don't want to change anything, i just like to know WHY people use
    > > > spaces. are they somehow unportable? (i don't think so)
    > >
    > > <http://www.jwz.org/doc/tabs-vs-spaces.html>
    >
    > Quouting from that page:
    > That ensures that, even if I happened to insert a literal tab in the
    > file by hand (or if someone else did when editing this file earlier),
    > those tabs get expanded to spaces when I save.
    >
    > If you are using a source management system, pretty much *any* source
    > management system, doing this will cause all the lines to be "rewritten"
    > if they had tabs. The fact that this person would advocate changing
    > code that they didn't actually change shows a distinct lack of clue.
    > No engineer who works for an even semi-pro company would dream of doing
    > this. At BitMover, anyone who seriously advocated this for more than
    > a day would be fired.

    well, he DID work at netscape...

    j.

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