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steve at REMOVE-THIS-cybersource.com.au
Sat Nov 6 03:13:59 CET 2010
On Fri, 05 Nov 2010 18:45:39 +0000, Seebs wrote:
> On 2010-11-05, Steven D'Aprano <steve at REMOVE-THIS-cybersource.com.au>
>> On Thu, 04 Nov 2010 20:17:35 +0000, Seebs wrote:
>>> That was the thing which bit me the worst. I had a fairly large block
>>> of code in a first-pass ugly program. I wanted to start refactoring
>>> it, so I moved a big hunk of code into a method (with plans to further
>>> refactor). It took about fifteen minutes to redo the logic.
>> Well there's your problem -- you are relying on tools that operate by
Really? Then how did the logic get screwed up from a mere copy-and-paste
In context (which you deleted), you were agreeing with Mark Wooding who
"I /do/ have a significant problem with cutting and pasting code in
Python. In most languages, I can haul a chunk of code about, hit C-M-q,
and Emacs magically indents the result properly. This is, unfortunately,
impossible with Python. It has caused me real bugs, and I have to be
extra careful to fix the indentation up."
[Aside: he isn't having problems with cutting and pasting code in Python,
but in Emacs.]
You *agreed with him*, and related your story. In context, I think it was
perfectly reasonable to conclude that you too used C-M-q in Emacs, which
then "magically indents the result". Mark's words, not mine.
But perhaps you were using Notepad, and you just hit Ctrl-V, and
something else mangled the code so badly you needed to spend 15 minutes
re-creating the program logic. I am open to correction either way.
>> Rather than re-create the logic, why not just hit Undo and then
>> re-paste the code *without* the magic auto-reformat? Half a second, to
>> undo and re- paste, followed by 10 or 20 seconds to select the
>> appropriate lines and *explicitly* re-indent the lines to the correct
> There was no magic auto-reformat. Where did you invent that from? Why
> are you making stuff up which I never said or referred to?
Then how did the logic get mangled from a simple copy and paste operation?
What god-awful editor are you using that can't copy and paste text
without mangling it?
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