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AW: Revert only whitespace changes

From: Markus Schaber <m.schaber_at_3s-software.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Jun 2011 08:27:22 +0200

Hi,

> Von: Stefan Sperling [mailto:stsp_at_elego.de]
>
> On Tue, Jun 14, 2011 at 04:32:50PM +0200, Markus Schaber wrote:
> > Hi, Konstantin,
> > > A good policy is to educate the developers to commit
whitespace-only
> > > changes in a separate commit.
> >
> > I know that. And I'm searching for a tool allowing me to do just
that.
> >
> > Especially when you make a self-contained change (e. G. pure
addition
> > of new methods or a new class, not touching any existing code
pathes)
> > to a large "legacy" code file, and accidentally hit "Reformat code"
in
> > ignorance of the fact that this file does not yet conform to the
style
> > guide, you're busted.
>
> So why doesn't the IDE have an undo button that restores the previous
> format? I don't think this warrants introducing a new feature in the
> version control system. Rather, the IDE should be fixed.

The IDE has such an undo button, which works fine if I notice that in
the moment of reformatting. However, as I am used to have the large
majority of code files (including all my own files) formatted properly,
I press that button frequently, and usually notice the "accident" hours
later when I want to actually commit the changes.

I know that the "real" fix is to change all the existing files in the
repository to proper formatting (which is in the works, but it will take
some time), and the second real fix is to not press the reformat button
in those files.

And I also do not want this as a feature included in SVN, but just
wondered whether there is a ready-made script or external tool which
does that work.

Thanks,
Markus Schaber
Received on 2011-06-15 08:28:16 CEST

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