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Re: [PATCH] new option --ignore-trailing-space-change for diff

From: Eric Backus
Subject: Re: [PATCH] new option --ignore-trailing-space-change for diff
Date: Thu, 1 Jul 2004 11:17:49 -0700

"Hans-Bernhard Broeker" <address@hidden> wrote in message
> Roland McGrath <address@hidden> wrote:
> > This patch adds --ignore-trailing-space-change, short option -z.  This
> > similar to -b, but ignores only trailing white space.  I find this is
> > always what I want for making diffs of code.
> I would like to object to that reasoning, and instead state that
> nobody ever actually wants or needs trailing white space in text
> files, so it should be eradicated immediately as it's spotted.

Sometimes I need to take code from a Linux machine and work on it on a
Windows machine.  When I'm done, and go back to the Linux machine, sometimes
the line endings have all been changed to CR/LF.  At that point, what's
important to me is finding which files did I change, and
"diff --ignore-trailing-space" would work better for that than "diff -b".

Eric Backus

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