Lintian Reports (Beta Testing)

P file-contains-trailing-whitespace

This file appears to contain one or more lines with trailing whitespace characters.

Whilst typically harmless and merely unsightly, they can often cause difficult-to-spot issues where tools interpret the whitespace characters literally as well as introduce unnecessary diff(1) noise. They are thus best avoided in their entirity.

Whitespace at the end of lines may be removed with the following:

$ sed -i -e 's@[[:space:]]*$@@g' debian/control debian/changelog

If you use Emacs, you can also use "M-x wh-cl" (whitespace-cleanup).

However, if you wish to only remove trailing spaces and leave trailing tabs (eg. for Makefiles), you can use the following code snippet:

$ sed -i -e 's@[ ]*$@@g' debian/rules

To remove empty lines from the end of a file, you can use:

$ sed -i -e :a -e '/^\n*$/{$d;N;};/\n$/ba' debian/rules

Severity: pedantic

Check: cruft

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