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Date: Wed, 3 Jan 2018 15:08:33 +0100
From: Jens Gustedt <>
Subject: automated coding style

Hello Rich,

On Thu, 21 Dec 2017 18:34:02 -0500 Rich Felker <> wrote:

> On Thu, Dec 21, 2017 at 12:06:55PM +0100, Jens Gustedt wrote:

> > > There seems to be some mixing of tabs and spaces here and in a few
> > > other lines. Tabs should be used for indentation levels, spaces
> > > (after any initial indent) to column-align. Generally musl style
> > > also has continuation comment lines begin with a * aligned with
> > > the * of the opening /* too.  
> > 
> > Since I ran into similar comments before and I find it quite
> > frustrating and disruptive:  
> By similar comments do you mean existing comments in the musl source
> styled like you did it, or similar email comments before about styling
> matters?

comments about style.

it think an automatic formatting procedure that accommodates everybody
could help us focus on contents

> I'm not familiar with these tools, so I could look into it, but
> someone else interested might be able to get to it before me. I'll
> see. The way I deal with touching code in lots of different projects
> with different styles is having my editor configured to copy exactly
> the leading whitespace of the previous line when adding a new line,
> and then adding or deleting tabs or spaces as appropriate. But I can
> see how that's not agreeable to everyone.
> Actually now that I think about it, I'm pretty sure the official Linux
> kernel style is nearly the same as preferred style in musl, and should
> usually produce formatting that's perfectly acceptable.

so for my latest patches I experimented with

astyle --style=linux --indent=tab

This helps a lot, already. Unfortunately, this combination still
changes some musl sources, basically because indentation of
continuation lines is handled differently.


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