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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