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Re: [RFC] clang-format: outline the git project's coding style




On 08/08, Stefan Beller wrote:
> On Tue, Aug 8, 2017 at 5:05 AM, Johannes Schindelin
> <Johannes.Schindelin@xxxxxx> wrote:
> > Hi Brandon,
> >
> > On Mon, 7 Aug 2017, Brandon Williams wrote:
> >
> >> Add a '.clang-format' file which outlines the git project's coding
> >> style.  This can be used with clang-format to auto-format .c and .h
> >> files to conform with git's style.
> >>
> >> Signed-off-by: Brandon Williams <bmwill@xxxxxxxxxx>
> >> ---
> >>
> >> I'm sure this sort of thing comes up every so often on the list but back at
> >> git-merge I mentioned how it would be nice to not have to worry about style
> >> when reviewing patches as that is something mechanical and best left to a
> >> machine (for the most part).
> >
> > Amen.
> >
> > If I never have to see a review mentioning an unwrapped line, I am quite
> > certain I will be quite content.
> >
> > Ciao,
> > Dscho
> 
> As a thought experiment I'd like to propose to take it one step further:
> 
>   If the code was formatted perfectly in one style such that a formatter for
>   this style would not produce changes when rerun again on the code, then
>   each individual could have a clean/smudge filter to work in their preferred
>   style, and only the exchange and storage of code is in a mutual agreed
>   style. If the mutually agreed style is close to what I prefer, I don't have to
>   use clean/smudge filters.
> 
> Additionally to this patch, we'd want to either put a note into
> SubmittingPatches or Documentation/gitworkflows.txt to hint at
> how to use this formatting to just affect the patch that is currently
> worked on or rather a pre-commit hook?

I'm sure both of these things will probably happen if we decide to make
use of a code-formatter.  This RFC is really just trying to ask the
question: "Is this something we want to entertain doing?"
My response would be 'Yes' but there's many other opinions to consider
first :)

-- 
Brandon Williams