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authorJonathan Corbet <>2016-09-21 15:46:18 -0600
committerJonathan Corbet <>2016-09-21 15:53:31 -0600
commit79c70c304b0b443429b2a0019518532c5162817a (patch)
treee889f6002f16f6299ce07e7274990d64ce2a24ec /Documentation/CodingStyle
parentdca22a63fd036c3ebb50212060eba0080f178126 (diff)
docs: Remove space-before-label guidance from CodingStyle
Recent discussion has made it clear that there is no community consensus on this particular rule. Remove it now, lest it inspire yet another set of unwanted "cleanup" patches. This partially reverts 865a1caa4b6b (CodingStyle: Clarify and complete chapter 7). Cc: Jean Delvare <> Signed-off-by: Jonathan Corbet <>
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diff --git a/Documentation/CodingStyle b/Documentation/CodingStyle
index 852253c932fe..9c61c039ccd9 100644
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@@ -451,9 +451,6 @@ Avoid using GW-BASIC names like ``err1:`` and ``err2:``, as you would have to
renumber them if you ever add or remove exit paths, and they make correctness
difficult to verify anyway.
-It is advised to indent labels with a single space (not tab), so that
-``diff -p`` does not confuse labels with functions.
The rationale for using gotos is:
- unconditional statements are easier to understand and follow
@@ -481,7 +478,7 @@ The rationale for using gotos is:
goto out_buffer;
- out_free_buffer:
+ out_free_buffer:
return result;
@@ -490,7 +487,7 @@ A common type of bug to be aware of is ``one err bugs`` which look like this:
.. code-block:: c
- err:
+ err:
return ret;