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D'Arcy J.M. Cain darcy at
Tue Nov 2 19:37:40 CET 2010

On 02 Nov 2010 17:58:06 GMT
Seebs <usenet-nospam at> wrote:
> On 2010-11-02, D'Arcy J.M. Cain <darcy at> wrote:
> > "No one
> > knows why" email is being "magically" transformed?
> Yay for a large company IT department with both MS and Blackberry
> stuff involved.

"Large" is no excuse for incompetency.

> > Your editor has a
> > mind of its own?  Yikes!
> It is extremely useful to me to have spaces converted to tabs
> for every other file I edit.

So configure it to recognize Python files and act accordingly.

> No, they aren't.  See... That would work *if I knew for sure what the intent
> was*.
> 	if foo:
> 	    bar
> 	else:
> 	    baz
> 	    quux
> Does it look right?  We have *no idea*, because we don't actually know
> whether quux was *intended* to be in the else branch or whether that's a typo.

And C has the same problem.

    if (foo)


Is quux meant to be part of the else clause?  The writer's indentation
suggests "yes" but the code says "no".

> So the only way I can figure that out is by fully figuring out the function

Same is true for the C code.  In both cases you can tell what the code
will do (modulo weird macros in the C code) but the intention is
impossible to determine without mind reading abilities in both cases.
We do know that the Python code *appears* to be doing exactly what the
author intended and the C code *appears* to not be.

In either case, <syntax checker> != <debugger>.

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