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bug#20322: 25.0.50; indent-tabs-mode should default to nil

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: bug#20322: 25.0.50; indent-tabs-mode should default to nil
Date: Tue, 14 Apr 2015 22:33:26 -0400

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Tabs make file smaller.  I just did an experiment.  In lread.c, M-x
untabify changed 139702 characters into 155402 characters, which is
11% bigger.

For subr.el, it was smaller: 200817 characters became 209939, only
4.5% bigger.  However, files.el got 12% bigger.

If most of a git repository is text from various versions of files,
the repository is also likely to get around 10% bigger without tabs,
and now you're talking about 30 meg more.

Dr Richard Stallman
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