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has caused the Debian Bug report #594514,
regarding signature separation anxiety --
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Package: emacs23
Version: 23.2+1-4
Severity: wishlist

Before 23.2, Emacs would insert my default signature at the end of my
outgoing messages due to this .emacs line.

  (setq mail-signature "\n\n\t\t\t\t\t--Barak.\n")

Some change in 23.2 made it as if I'd written this instead

  (setq mail-signature "\n-- \n\n\t\t\t\t\t--Barak.\n")

This is documented in the info,

  File: emacs,  Node: Mail Signature
  35.5 Mail Signature
     By convention, a mail signature should be marked by a line whose
  contents are `-- '.  If your signature lacks this prefix, it is added
  for you.  The remainder of your signature should be no more than four

Okay, whether whitespace at the end of an otherwise non-empty line in a
textual document should have semantic significance is a matter of, how
can I put it gently ... taste.  But, I sure wish there were a way of
easily disabling this end-of-line-whitespace adding "feature".

I would suggest documenting it as follows:

  Those with any taste will recoil in horror at giving semantic
  significance to trailing whitespace, and can disable the insertion of
  the above separator by setting the global variable


  to nil.

Thanks for maintaining emacs, and it's great that 23.2 made it into
Barak A. Pearlmutter
 Hamilton Institute & Dept Comp Sci, NUI Maynooth, Co. Kildare, Ireland

Or, as apparently I am now supposed to write ... oh please stop, it
burns, it burns, oh how it burns ...
Barak A. Pearlmutter
 Hamilton Institute & Dept Comp Sci, NUI Maynooth, Co. Kildare, Ireland

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