Expand tabs

function expand-tabs() { expand -t 8 "$1" > "$1.expanded"; mv -f "$1.expanded" "$1"; }
I don't like TABs in sources files because in case of mixture of TABs and spaces they looks in different editors. Even worse mixing TABs and spaces could be a problem when you use Python.

2011-01-28 16:03:37

What Others Think

It's customizable in Eclipse, open Window->Preferences->General->Editors->Text Editors and check "Insert spaces for tabs". You can also change "Displayed tab width" from 4 to what ever you like. Also find src/ -name \*.java -exec sed -i 's/\t/ /g' {} \;
forcefsck · 536 weeks and 4 days ago
Source code should not use spaces for indenting because it is difficult for editors to display them differently. Furthermore why use an arbitrary white space character when there exists a special character designed for indentation (the tab) If you depend on exact location of your tabstops then you need to fix that. If you have some code that needs to be prettyprinted then define an explicit tabstop.
grep · 536 weeks and 4 days ago

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