tabstop setting for port Makefiles

Peter Pentchev roam at
Tue Jun 29 15:12:26 UTC 2010

On Tue, Jun 29, 2010 at 03:52:56PM +0100, Chris Rees wrote:
> Dear All,
> >From
> [chris at amnesiac]~% head /usr/ports/Mk/ |tail -n 1
> # Please view me with 4 column tabs!
> [chris at amnesiac]~%
> However, the Porter's Handbook [1] says:
> Note that [] uses a non-standard tab setting.
> So if it's non-standard, does that mean I should use 8-column tabs
> while creating/editing port Makefiles, or should I match the
> 'non-standard'
> Or is it just personal preference and the committers don't care?

Uhm, the standard width of a horizontal tab is 8 characters.
Thus,'s 4 characters *are* non-standard; when writing your
own ports, use an eight-character tab like the rest of the world ;)

Oh, my coat?  Nah, I'll get it myself, an asbestos suit is too heavy for
most people to lift anyway.


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