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SubjectRe: Tabs, spaces, indent and 80 character lines
Krzysztof Halasa wrote:
> Richard Knutsson <ricknu-0@student.ltu.se> writes:
>
>
>> Why hinder a developer who prefer
>> 2, 4, 6 or any other != 8 width?
>>
>
> I guess we could use tabs only at the line start, for indentation
> only. Rather hard to implement, most text editors can't do that yet.
>
You mean for split lines? Hopefully there won't be that many, so there
is just to delete the tabs it added and replace it with spaces.
>
>> By only using tabs as indents, and
>> changing the CodeStyle to be something like "maximum 80
>> characters-wide lines, with a tab-setting of 8 spaces",
>>
>
> This changes nothing.
>
Exactly! But then we can remove the "we use 8 wide tabs in the kernel"
in CodeStyle.

>> that is
>> possible + easier to write code-checkers [2].
>>
>
> I doubt it.
>
Easier to write code-checkers? OK, maybe not. Just that I got hit by
this problem at a time when I wrote a simple checker (don't remember its
purpose).
>
>> Or are we really that concerned about the disk-space? ;)
>>
>
> Unpacked sources will be much bigger with not tabs, sure.
>
Without no tabs at all, you mean? Don't want to think about that
scenario, but with this suggestion, I would estimate maybe 0,5 - 1% bigger.

Thanks for your input



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