Re: Indention - why spaces?

john slee (
Mon, 30 Dec 2002 14:47:07 +1100

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 <> 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)
> >
> > <>
> 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...


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