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SubjectRe: checkpatch guide for newbies
Am 24.09.2013 18:36, schrieb Bjorn Helgaas:
> On Mon, Sep 23, 2013 at 3:01 AM, Dan Carpenter <> wrote:
>> Long Lines
>> Historically screens were 80 characters wide and it was annoying when code went
>> over the edge. These days we have larger screens, but we keep the 80 character
>> limit because it forces us to write simpler code.

Sorry, but that just isn't true and never was. Having a line wide limit
of 80 characters while forcing tabs to be 8 characters long limits most
code to just 72 characters. And even less (max 64) inside constructs
like if, for or while.

The only outcome of that totally silly rule is that variable names will
become shorted to silly acronyms almost nobody does understand make code

I always feel like beeing in the IT stone age when programmers thought
they have to use variable names like a, b and c to save storage, memory
or to type less when reading linux kernel code.


Alexander Holler

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