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Getting the right kind of contributions

Getting the right kind of contributions

Posted May 29, 2008 20:26 UTC (Thu) by dlang (subscriber, #313)
In reply to: Getting the right kind of contributions by cpeterso
Parent article: Getting the right kind of contributions

the initial post was suggesting that someone write a language that enforced the coding style
so that any deviations would result in a compile-time error.

that's a far cry from the kernel coding style document (which by the way, is a guideline, not
a hard requirement. see the flame-wars over checkpatch)

the problem with a flag-day reformat is that it will break everyone's patches that haven't
been merged yet.

the only possible exception to this is Ted suggested doing a flag-day whitespace cleanup, and
modify tools to ignore whitespace changes on the - lines of patches to avoid this
incompatibility.

but other reformatting needs to include a judgement call, not just mechanical formatting


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