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KernelTrap.org: Linus Says: Linux Not Designed; It Never Was

Dec 02, 2001, 19:08 (69 Talkback[s])

An anonymous reader contributes:

A thread on the lkml started innocently enough about proper spacing in source code, then grew and grew into a somewhat philosophical debate about evolution and code design. The subject of the thread was "Coding style - a non-issue", the general consesus that 'scripts/Lindent' solved the problem, a one line bourne shell script that executes indent with the "proper" options, as defined in the Documentation/CodingStyle document. The script:

indent -kr -i8 -ts8 -sob -l80 -ss -bs -psl "$@"

However, before long a debate was sparked, leading to some interesting comments by Linus and some others, perhaps best summarized by Alan's comment:

"Engineering does not require science. Science helps a lot but people built perfectly good brick walls long before they knew why cement works."

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