[pypy-dev] Re: [pypy-svn] rev 2674 - pypy/trunk/doc

holger krekel hpk at trillke.net
Mon Dec 22 18:07:58 CET 2003

Hi Alex,

[Alex Martelli Mon, Dec 22, 2003 at 05:52:40PM +0100]
> On Monday 22 December 2003 04:42 pm, holger krekel wrote:
> > Hi Alex and others,
> >
> > i think we should try to minimize the number of formatting changes not
> > only in program code but also in ReST files as it makes reading the diffs
> > really hard because you basically have to reread the whole document
> > in order to see the differences.  As this has happended now several
> > times i think it makes sense to think of some convention which allows
> > the diffs to stay readable.
> >
> > Maybe (especially) ReST-changes should be done with a two-step approach:
> > first the one where you can read the content diff and then the one (if
> > neccessary at all) which has purely formatting changes and says so in
> > the commit message.  And we might also think about a common line width
> > so that not everybody reformats the text again and again :-)
> Yes, good points.  I think line length of <80, indents of 4 spaces, no tabs,
> no traling spaces allowed on any line under any pretext whatsoever,
> would be good conventions; I find it extremely hard to edit files (be they
> sources, ReST, or any other text) that fail to meet these conventions.

For python source files this is fine for me.  I am not entirely sure for
ReST especially since you can have verbatim-blocks (say an excerpt from a

> Is there a way, with subversion, to have a simple conformance test for this
> kind of formatting parameters be run automatically, whenever a textfile is 
> committed?  If files breaking these conventions (or whatever conventions
> we can all agree on) were never committed, this would minimize the need
> for "changes that are purely related to formatting", I think.

Indeed. A pre-commit hook is able to perform checks like this although
the details might get hairy if you go for "indentation of four-spaces" 
enforcement (e.g. considering docstrings) .  I guess i'd go for simplicity 
and just enforce "line-length < 80" and svn:eol-style==native for all *.py 
and *.txt files (unless their svn:mime-type is explicitely non-text or some
such).  Non-conforming commits would simply be refused and nothing would be 
changed on the fly. Opinions? 



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