git - trim whitespace

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To trim trailing whitespace on all files in the current directory, use:

sed -i 's/[[:space:]]*$//' * 

To warn about future whitespace errors (both trailing spaces and spaces before tabs), and to fix whitespace errors in patches, add the following code to your gitconfig file:

[core]     whitespace = trailing-space,space-before-tab [apply]     whitespace = fix 
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core.whitespace instructs git to flag certain whitespace problems:

  • trailing-space warns about whitespace at the end of a line or at the end of a file
  • space-before-tab warns when there is a space before a tab used for indentation

apply.whitespace is used when applying a patch. It checks for whitespace errors (the ones listed above, in core.whitespace) and applies the patch after attempting to fix them (i.e., remove them).

These options go in ~/.gitconfig -- that is, a .gitconfig file at the root of your user's home directory (typically /home/user/.gitconfig on Linux, /Users/user/.gitconfig on Mac OS X, and I don't know where on Windows but I suppose somewhere in C:\Documents and Settings\user).

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See this thread git remove trailing whitespace in new files before commit on using git rebase to strip whitespace from files that you've already committed.

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And to trim the white spaces from all files recursively from all sub directories this can be used.

find ./* -type f -exec sed -i 's/[[:space:]]*$//' {} \; 
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