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Subject[PATCH] CodingStyle: Add information about trailing whitespace.
Signed-off-by: Josh Triplett <>
Documentation/CodingStyle | 12 ++++++++++++
1 files changed, 12 insertions(+), 0 deletions(-)

diff --git a/Documentation/CodingStyle b/Documentation/CodingStyle
index b49b92e..00bffa7 100644
--- a/Documentation/CodingStyle
+++ b/Documentation/CodingStyle
@@ -218,6 +218,18 @@ no space after the prefix increment & decrement unary operators:

and no space around the '.' and "->" structure member operators.

+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.

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