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    clang-format: add configuration file · d4ef8d3f
    Miguel Ojeda authored
    clang-format is a tool to format C/C++/...  code according to a set of
    rules and heuristics.  Like most tools, it is not perfect nor covers
    every single case, but it is good enough to be helpful.
    In particular, it is useful for quickly re-formatting blocks of code
    automatically, for reviewing full files in order to spot coding style
    mistakes, typos and possible improvements.  It is also handy for sorting
    ``#includes``, for aligning variables and macros, for reflowing text and
    other similar tasks.  It also serves as a teaching tool/guide for
    The tool itself has been already included in the repositories of popular
    Linux distributions for a long time.  The rules in this file are
    intended for clang-format >= 4, which is easily available in most
    This commit adds the configuration file that contains the rules that the
    tool uses to know how to format the code according to the kernel coding
    style.  This gives us several advantages:
      * clang-format works out of the box with reasonable defaults;
        avoiding that everyone has to re-do the configuration.
      * Everyone agrees (eventually) on what is the most useful default
        configuration for most of the kernel.
      * If it becomes commonplace among kernel developers, clang-format
        may feel compelled to support us better. They already recognize
        the Linux kernel and its style in their documentation and in one
        of the style sub-options.
    Some of clang-format's features relevant for the kernel are:
      * Uses clang's tooling support behind the scenes to parse and rewrite
        the code. It is not based on ad-hoc regexps.
      * Supports reasonably well the Linux kernel coding style.
      * Fast enough to be used at the press of a key.
      * There are already integrations (either built-in or third-party)
        for many common editors used by kernel developers (e.g. vim,
        emacs, Sublime, Atom...) that allow you to format an entire file
        or, more usefully, just your selection.
      * Able to parse unified diffs -- you can, for instance, reformat
        only the lines changed by a git commit.
      * Able to reflow text comments as well.
      * Widely supported and used by hundreds of developers in highly
        complex projects and organizations (e.g. the LLVM project itself,
        Chromium, WebKit, Google, Mozilla...). Therefore, it will be
        supported for a long time.
    See more information about the tool at:
    Link: http://lkml.kernel.org/r/20180318171632.qfkemw3mwbcukth6@gmail.comSigned-off-by: default avatarMiguel Ojeda <miguel.ojeda.sandonis@gmail.com>
    Cc: Randy Dunlap <rdunlap@infradead.org>
    Cc: Andy Whitcroft <apw@canonical.com>
    Cc: Joe Perches <joe@perches.com>
    Cc: Jonathan Corbet <corbet@lwn.net>
    Signed-off-by: default avatarAndrew Morton <akpm@linux-foundation.org>
    Signed-off-by: default avatarLinus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>
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