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

Lukas Larsson <>
Thu Feb 6 10:31:01 CET 2014

On Thu, Feb 6, 2014 at 9:38 AM, Loïc Hoguin <> wrote:

> Plus this doesn't help your code get merged at all. If you submit code
> with broken whitespace, then tools will also display this whitespace
> change. You can of course hide whitespace changes, but the problem is that
> whitespace does matter in some places, so you're basically hiding
> potentially important information by doing that.
> This is in my opinion the reason why it would be a very bad thing to do a
huge commit that changes the current whitespace format of a project to
another. It is already very hard to figure out what change could have
caused a bug without having to deal with whitespace changes in the middle
of a diff.
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