[pdp7-unix] use of tabs

Angelo Papenhoff aap at papnet.eu
Mon Oct 21 01:47:45 AEST 2019


On 20/10/19, Phil Budne via pdp7-unix wrote:
> Angelo wrote:
> 
> > I think we can be 99.9999% sure that they did not use spaces for
> > indentation.
> 
> It's not an unreasonable guess, but you're only willing to believe you
> have a one in ten million chance of being wrong?
> 
> And even if the files really had tabs, I might be willing to stick
> with spaces for visual verisimilitude.  I always hope there's a special
> place in hell for people who change their tab settings, and expect you
> to do so as well to have their files display "reasonably"
> 
> It's an item I'd put on a list of things to ask people who were there,
> along with where various sources might have lived.  But I'd rather not
> see Ken (Thompson) and Doug (McIlroy) badgered by lots of people....

All UNIX code we have in machine readable format uses tabs. I see no
reason to assume the PDP-7 code was written with spaces.
Spaces in scan files are fine, but spaces in the src directory should
be fixed imo.


aap


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