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Re: gratuitous changes

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: gratuitous changes
Date: Sun, 2 Feb 2003 07:56:18 +0200 (IST)

On Fri, 31 Jan 2003, Stefan Monnier wrote:

> I am responsible for a fair bit of spurious changes in that I often
> remove trailing whitespace when I come across it and thus end
> up comitting changes to more than the places where I've actually
> modified the code.
> But I still think that what happened with keyboard.c is bad:
> turning every whitespace-only line into an empty line.

I generally dislike unnecessary whitespace changes as well: for one 
thing, they make diffs much harder to grasp.

However, I must say that when I brought up this issue in the past in the 
context of Emacs development, most of other developers didn't feel it was 
that bad.  So, as extreme as this particular case is, at least in 
principle, Emacs development does not seem to discourage such gratuitous 
changes.  At least it didn't until now.

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