[TUHS] tabs vs spaces - entab, detab

Greg 'groggy' Lehey grog at lemis.com
Fri Mar 5 07:29:17 AEST 2021

On Thursday,  4 March 2021 at 15:27:27 -0600, Will Senn wrote:
> On 3/4/21 3:24 PM, Greg 'groggy' Lehey wrote:
>> FWIW, FreeBSD's style(9) man page
>> (https://www.freebsd.org/cgi/man.cgi?query=style&apropos=0&sektion=9&manpath=FreeBSD+12.2-RELEASE+and+Ports&arch=default&format=html)
>> includes:
>>     Indentation is an 8 character tab.  Second level indents are four
>>     spaces.
>> I've always used 8 character tabs (though in my own code I don't stick
>> to style(9)).  As others have commented, it's the Unix standard, and
>> the confusion between tabs and spaces is bad enough without changing
>> the relationship.
> Wow, mixed tabs and spaces? On purpose? That's nuts :).

FWIW, I do this in my own code too.  Once you know about it, it's not
an issue.  It helps to have an editor that highlights tab characters.

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