July 21, 2009

So among the major burning problems we have in Free Software, one of the biggest is trailing whitespace in source files. If you too have a project where people really care about this, you may be interested in my quickly hacked up git-un-diff-whitespace script. It removes trailing whitespace *only* in areas modified by “git diff” (i.e. it won’t pollute your diffs with lots of spurious whitespace changes). I briefly tried to find something like this elsewhere on the interwebs but failed. Oh, and if someone fixes it to handle new files I’d be happy.

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