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Revert only whitespace changes

From: Markus Schaber <m.schaber_at_3s-software.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Jun 2011 11:47:48 +0200


Occasionally, we have source files which contain - apart from the
changes made by the developer - a lot of whitespace changes introduced
by reformatting the code. (Mainly tabs<->spaces conversions and trailing

While Subversion and TortoiseSVN offer the possibility to ignore those
white space changes when diffing the files, a commit still includes
those changes, and thus the diff in the SVN history is cluttered, which
causes problems for reviewers.

I found no possibility to selectively revert those lines to their
original state via SVN but manually reverting all those lines in a diff

Is there any tool which reverts all those whitespace-only changes,
keeping only the "real" changes in the file?

Bonus points for a tool which keeps real indentation changes, and only
discards tab<->space conversions which do not change the indentation
level. :-)

(I know that a project-wide style guide and rejecting commits which do
not conform to that style guide are the long term solution to that
problem, and we're aiming towards that.)

Best regards

Markus Schaber

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