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Re: Automatic pretty-print

From: Chris Beck <cbeck_at_gene.concordia.ca>
Date: 2004-08-18 21:05:21 CEST

Perhaps what you can do is run it through pretty-print and if there is a diff you can reject it with a warning?

It is whispered that m christensen was heard, on or about 08/18/04 14:49 to say:
> Don't do this. it's a bad idea for several reasons.
> The Fact is you are mucking with someone elses code, even if you are the
> admin and
> (think you)/(actually do know) better.
> The fact is pretty print or lint type programs can and do corrupt code
> or make non-standard but
> more readable format changes that make a mess of code sometimes.
> Realize that it is 'you' in this case changing code, supposedly benign
> or not.
> Admit YOU are changing code and follow the same rules I presume you
> expect all developers
> to follow.
> Build your own working copy, pretty-fy it and update the repository
> with appropriate log entries
> to document what you did and why. That way when something breaks you can
> identify why it happened.
> Sloppy and lazy work is demonstrated by lousy formatting, but this is
> hardly the only manifestation.
> Formatting is easy to fix with the tools you mention but bad code in
> general is not.
> The developers need to show a bit more effort at being professional.
> Even if it's just formatting the code
> before check-in or using a decent editor that can do it for them. If
> they refuse to do that it undoubtedly means
> the code logic and testing is equally poor.
> Make them do their job right, IMHO.
> Zeus Gómez Marmolejo wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> I'm using subversion since no much time and I think it's great, much
>> more than
>> cvs.
>> I would like to ask one question. I want all the source .c files in my
>> repository to be well pretty-printed, all conforming a common C
>> programming
>> style. But the problem is that the programmers don't do the job well,
>> they
>> forget to follow the rules and so...
>> The ideal think could be at the pre-commit hook execute the pretty
>> printer for
>> all the .c source files so that in the repository the files all are well
>> stored. Also it would be desirable to check C syntax so all files that
>> are in
>> the repository complile all. But I've seen the comments on the pre-commit
>> template hook and explicitly reports that the script must not change the
>> transaction. So is there a way to transform (pretty-print) the source
>> files
>> before committing them?
>> If this is not possible, it will be very nice to add it as a new
>> feature :D,
>> Regards,
>> Zeus.

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Received on Wed Aug 18 21:06:09 2004

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