I can't recreate the problem.
If I do some local commits with lots of whitespaces in them, it works fine.
If I do format-patch with --ignore-space-change, I am able to trigger a
similar error like the one you got.
Normally dealing with whitespaces isn't a problem in my experience.. Could
it be that you have some kind of funky configuration messing it up? Please
do "git config -l" inside the repo and paste the output back here.
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