[OpenWrt-Devel] Apologies

Daniel Dickinson openwrt at daniel.thecshore.com
Sun Jan 10 07:10:21 EST 2016

Hi all, especially John,

Sorry for all the mail about whitespace, it is just very frustrating 
when things that I don't see the value in, and which I've not had to 
worry about before, are the cause for rejection.

I understand that whitespace inconsistencies are a problem for git, I 
also think that's more a problem than a solution, and creates more 
hardship than whatever the supposed benefit is.

I also don't like it when the tools I have not only don't warn me about 
the problem, but do annoying things like change whitespace without me 
asking them to (I hadn't been use it much anyway, but emacs has become 
the bane of my existence, for instance.

It's been quite some time since I worked on open source projects, and 
the FOSS attitude to whitespace hasn't been part of my regime.

In reality I remain unconvinced of value of this particular issue being 
the issue it is, and think that it 'the cause' more than it helps.

The truth is that outside tools like make that do really nasty things 
with whitespace, whitespace shouldn't matter (and really that's a 
failing of make).

The whole term whitespace stems from the fact that it should all amount 
the same thing except under special circumstances.


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