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bug#5312: Why is ‘show-trailing-whitespace ’ considered unsafe?

From: Ludovic Courtès
Subject: bug#5312: Why is ‘show-trailing-whitespace ’ considered unsafe?
Date: Wed, 06 Jan 2010 16:13:14 +0100
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Stefan Monnier <address@hidden> writes:

> Of course, maybe you can come up with file formats where trailing
> whitespaces are seriously problematic as well.  I just can't think of
> any off the top of my head.

Trailing whitespaces can lead to pointless conflicts when applying
patches.  See, e.g.,
http://www.mail-archive.com/address@hidden/msg04896.html .

In this thread, the project’s policy is to get rid of them, and
‘show-trailing-whitespace’ in ‘.dir-locals.el’ or similar would
definitely help.


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