[erlang-questions] Controversial subject of the day: tabs and spaces for indentation

Garrett Smith <>
Wed Feb 5 19:41:25 CET 2014


On Wed, Feb 5, 2014 at 12:39 PM, Loïc Hoguin <> wrote:
> On 02/05/2014 07:35 PM, Garrett Smith wrote:
>>
>> On Wed, Feb 5, 2014 at 12:27 PM, Andrew Thompson <>
>> wrote:
>>>
>>> On Wed, Feb 05, 2014 at 07:14:30PM +0100, Vlad Dumitrescu wrote:
>>>>
>>>> Hi all,
>>>>
>>>> It's been almost a full day since the last controversial issue was
>>>> discussed here and I feel it's time for a new one (well, it's actually
>>>> old).
>>>>
>>>> The default indentation used by the erlang-mode uses a mix of tabs and
>>>> spaces. Whatever side one is in the "tabs vs spaces" war, mixing them
>>>> is the common enemy!
>>>
>>>
>>> As a vim user, I find the emacs indent mode for erlang incredibly
>>> annoying to 'fake' by hand. I'd love to see the tabs die as mixing tabs
>>> and spaces makes erlang files a horrible mess when your tabstop is not
>>> 8.
>>
>>
>> I'm curious what the argument *for* mixed tabs and spaces is. It is to
>> save precious disk space?
>
>
> The argument isn't very interesting, intent is much more so. It all comes
> from one guy who figured a way to troll everyone alive at the time plus all
> future generations forever, and succeeded.

So this is actually an opportunity, over the course of 6 - 12 hours
per day, to check one's arrogance and hubris - to be a more humble and
modest person? I can see an advantage here.



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