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

Bengt Kleberg <>
Thu Feb 6 08:25:43 CET 2014


Greetings,

These are opinions, not facts.

I think that formatting code as it goes into the repository is a good
thing. What are the arguments against it?


bengt

On Wed, 2014-02-05 at 15:45 -0600, kraythe . wrote:
> I have long favored the enforcement of coding style at the repository
> level. Then it doesnt matter if someone accidentally reformats their
> local copy, the checkin will reformat it accordingly. I dont think
> people will ever agree on the "right" format in something that is
> inherently a matter of taste. I like tight code with only 2 char
> indents and as much on the screen at once. Another guy I know loves
> drop braces with a brace on the next line (for java, C, etc). Neither
> of us is wrong. If the repo checkin had a reformatter, it wouldn't
> matter. 
> 
> Robert Simmons Jr. MSc. - Lead Java Architect @ EA
> Author of: Hardcore Java (2003) and Maintainable Java (2012)
> LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/robert-simmons/40/852/a39
> 
> 
> On Wed, Feb 5, 2014 at 3:36 PM, Vlad Dumitrescu <>
> wrote:
>         > If the debate uncovers some workarounds that make the pain
>         less
>         > painful (pun intended), then even better.
>         
>         
>         I just found out that we could do something like this to
>         reindent files:
>         
>         emacs -batch sample.erl --eval '(indent-region (point-min)
>         (point-max)
>         nil)' -f save-buffer
>         
>         /Vlad
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