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From Craig McClanahan <craig...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: "Cosmetic" changes
Date Fri, 21 Jan 2005 17:35:13 GMT
On Fri, 21 Jan 2005 09:22:33 -0800, Daniel John Debrunner
<djd@debrunners.com> wrote:
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> Kathey Marsden wrote:
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> I agree, there were two reasons I removed files from patches that had
> cosmetic cleanups:
> [snip]

<delurk>
A couple of notes about how other Apache projects address these issues
might be helpful:

* Cosmetic changes that bring existing code into conformance
  with the project's agreed upon coding standards (or clean up
  typos etc.) are generally welcomed, but should be *separated*
  from changes that have functional differences.

* The "conformance" statement above, of course, requires that
  the project developers have an agreed upon set of standards :-).
  Apache doesn't impose any such guidelines ... it should be up
  to the committers on a particular project.

There is also a more informal convention for functional-change
patches, that you conform to the "local" style of the surrounding
code, even if it does not currently conform to the community
standards.
</delurk>

Craig McClanahan

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