Re: [PATCH] checkpatch: Warn on code with 6+ tab indentation

From: Andrew Morton
Date: Fri Feb 03 2012 - 20:37:29 EST

On Fri, 3 Feb 2012 17:27:36 -0800 Linus Torvalds <torvalds@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> On Fri, Feb 3, 2012 at 3:20 PM, Joe Perches <joe@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > Overly indented code should be refactored.
> >
> > Suggest refactoring excessive indentation of
> > of if/else/for/do/while/switch statements.
> I hate this patch.
> Why? Because mindless checks like this would just lead to people
> making things worse and intermixing spaces there instead.
> That's the same reason the 80-character check has been a total
> disaster. People shut it up by splitting long strings etc, and we've
> had to change that 80-character test many times just to avoid the
> crazy workarounds.
> Don't warn about things that will just result in people working around
> the warnings with worse code!

Sampling bias ;) You notice the 80-col fixups which resulted in
poor-looking code and not the fixups which resulted in decent-looking

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