Re: Plea: re-indent the kernel source

Martin.Dalecki (dalecki@namu23)
Mon, 30 Sep 1996 12:39:46 +0200 (MET DST)

On Sun, 29 Sep 1996, Lauri Tischler wrote:

> Having indentation of 8 spaces is plain waste of screen area.
> Indentation of 2 or 4 is more appropiate.
> Also having indentation of 8 _and_ trying to keep linelenghts < 80 is
> impossible.
> Printing the Source with current excessive indentation is quite
> hopeless.
> Apparently the Great White Leader uses _only_ X with _wide_ window
> and has access to fine wide lineprinters.
> Cheers..

I don't agree. One of the main advangedes between using tabs for
indentation and not is the fact, that with tab's as indents it's quite
easy to change the screen-appearence of the text by simply changing the
interpretation of \t from 8 to 4 or whatever You like white spaces. By
using some other indentation level per default this would become *very*

And anybody, who can't live with the current appearence of the code,
should simply use the famous indent program to change it to whatsever he
likes :-). Therefore this compleate discussion is quite pointless. The
live is quite perfect as it is.

However, it would be nice to know that all of the code is formatted by
indent -kr -i8, this would make patching somehow easier. You wouldn't
need to indent by hand during the adding of code. But neverthereless this
isn't that important...