Subject: Re: Python syntax in Lisp and Scheme
From: (Rob Warnock)
Date: Wed, 08 Oct 2003 04:41:55 -0500
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
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Pascal Bourguignon  <> wrote:
| Ingvar Mattsson <> writes:
| > Just for fun, do some changes to a file, bung teh diff in a web-based
| > mail client and then apply the diff to the original code and see what
| > (if anything) is different. Whitespace mutate much more than
| > non-whitespace characters (apart from possibly &, < and >) when they
| > get shuffled through different parts of code.
| Which leads me to use   diff -NaurtwbB   when I make patches.

Boy, will *that* break Python!! That is, it fails to catch a number of
significant differences between the files (especially the "-b" & "-B").

Also, while "-b" is o.k. for most non-Python code, you really, *really*
don't want to be using "-w", since it fails to distinguish between "FOOBAR"
and "FOO BAR".


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