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From Rainer Jung <rainer.j...@kippdata.de>
Subject Re: [DAEMON] tabs in configure scripts
Date Thu, 04 Apr 2013 20:48:49 GMT
On 04.04.2013 18:21, sebb wrote:
> The config.sub and config.guess scripts have a mixture of tabs and spaces
> for alignment.
> 
> Tabs are not standardised, so are generally deprecated in source files.
> 
> Is there any reason why the tabs should not be replaced with the relevant
> number of spaces throughout?

The files are usually taken from their origin:

http://git.savannah.gnu.org/cgit/config.git/plain/config.guess

and from time to time updated, because newer versions of those scripts
support newer platforms. Since typically a project has no need for
custom changes to them it is best to keep them really identical to the
originals and not apply non-functional changes every time they get updated.

I checked that the files currently in that git repository also have a
mixture of space and tab indentation.

If you really want it fixed, the file headers tells us:

"Please send patches with a ChangeLog entry to config-patches@gnu.org."

In general it seems the files are distributed via automake, so that
might be the home project.

Regards,

Rainer


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