[TUHS] tabs vs spaces - entab, detab

Clem Cole clemc at ccc.com
Fri Mar 5 02:59:56 AEST 2021

Oh boy, you do want to pour muddy water on the table.   I generally
believed in tabs set every 4 spaces.  That's Steven's used in all his UNIX
books.  Have to ask Rob what and bwk used but I sort of think it was pretty
similar.  A problem is a lot of people had tabs set at 8 spaces.


On Thu, Mar 4, 2021 at 11:53 AM Will Senn <will.senn at gmail.com> wrote:

> OK. So, I've been trying to decide (for the last time, I swear) whether to
> use tabs or spaces in my code... I did a quick pulse-check on the state of
> argument and it appears to be alive and well in 2021. My question for y'all
> is, was there a preference in the very early days or not? I saw an article
> talking about the 20 year feud, but that's not my recollection. In 1994,
> nobody agreed on this, but I'm sure it predates my entree into the field.
> I'm thinking the history of entab and detab are somehow related, but I've
> been wrong on these sorts of thoughts before. What say you?
> Will
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