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Re: [Bug-indent] GNU Indent profile detection mode

From: akarl
Subject: Re: [Bug-indent] GNU Indent profile detection mode
Date: Wed, 10 Aug 2005 22:24:54 +0200
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Full Decent wrote:
I would like to make a suggestion and offer help to implement it,
however I need your insight to complete the task. Indent could scan a
file and detect the current indentation method already used in the
file. Additionally it could then point out inconsistancies in the

If it were to be implemented external to indent, the algorithm would
be to apply each option individually and then diff | wc-l. Then keep
the options that cause the least changes for each set of competing

I'm not sure if this should be implemented as a shell script external
to indent or if it belongs in the code.

What do you think?

I can't really see the usefulness of this feature. With GNU Indent every programmer can reformat a file to his or her liking. Whether you work on your own project or someone else's you are free to choose whatever indentation style you like for the files you work on.


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