Signed-off-by: Junio C Hamano <>
 Documentation/CodingGuidelines | 8 ++++++++
 1 file changed, 8 insertions(+)

diff --git a/Documentation/CodingGuidelines b/Documentation/CodingGuidelines
index 86fb9f6..759003e 100644
--- a/Documentation/CodingGuidelines
+++ b/Documentation/CodingGuidelines
@@ -18,6 +18,14 @@ code.  For Git in general, three rough rules are:
    judgement call, the decision is based more on real world
    constraints people face than what the paper standard says.
+ - Fixing style violations while working on a real change as a
+   preparatory clean-up step is good, but otherwise avoid useless code
+   churn for the sake of conforming to the style.
+   "Once it _is_ in the tree, it's not really worth the patch noise to
+   go and fix it up."
+   Cf.
 Make your code readable and sensible, and don't try to be clever.
 As for more concrete guidelines, just imitate the existing code

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