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Date:   Sat, 6 Apr 2019 02:18:59 +0100
From:   Al Viro <>
To:     Radostin Stoyanov <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] fs: remove trailing whitespace

On Sat, Apr 06, 2019 at 01:07:23AM +0100, Radostin Stoyanov wrote:
> $ cd fs/
> $ find . -type f -exec sed --in-place 's/[[:space:]]\+$//' {} \+
> Signed-off-by: Radostin Stoyanov <>

No.  That's not the way to do that kind of stuff.  First, how it
should be done (and that really belongs somewhere in Documentation/):
after having convinced Linus that mechanical change in question needs
to happen, you ask him to run the script in question just before the
-rc1 of the next cycle.

Reason for _not_ doing it as you have: you are creating a pile of
conflicts with any number of development branches in various trees,
for no good reason.  It's a bloody bad idea, especially for something
this trivial.

What's more, some of those (and the most heavily affected ones) bear
rather interesting comments:
 * This translation table was generated automatically, the
 * original table can be download from the Microsoft website.
 * (

_If_ it's autogenerated, I'd suggest leaving it alone, or modifying
whatever tool has been used to produce the damn thing.  FWIW, the
situation might be even more unpleasant - URL in the comment is
stale.  Finding the source actually used is not trivial -
poking on gives multiple versions of the data
that comment probably refers to.

It would be nice to straighten that mess - as it is, we are
probably not stepping into the section 3 there, but "the arrays
below had been produced by some tool (not included) from some
version(s) of the tables once reachable via links on now-defunct
webpage at $URL" is not a good situation, even if nobody really
gives a damn about those tables...

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