Linus Torvalds wrote:
On Sun, 28 Aug 2005, Robert Fitzsimons wrote:
Allow the user to force a patch to be applied even though there might
be whitespace differences.  Added a test case for the new option.

If you ignore whitespace, then you should probably accept patches that are
whitespace corrupted in another way: lines missing the ' ' at the
beginning. Especially lines that are empty. That's actually the most common form of whitespace corruption there is.

Actually, a more restricted from of --ignore-whitespace may be useful, --ignore-trailing-whitespace (needs a shorter name!). Ignore only trailing whitespace differences (including empty context lines without the initial space).
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