Copyright © 2010-2013,2014 by Thomas E. Dickey
This is an improved version of GNU indent.
I started working on this in mid-1999. My original intent was to provide changes to its maintainer, who would then own them. As noted elsewhere, maintainers may be less responsive to changes than the primary developers. In this case, the original developer had moved on, leaving a succession of maintainers.
Here are the patches which I made:
I do not use post-2.0 indent because it introduces more bugs than it fixes. Each time I notice a newer 2.x version, I test it, comparing to the 2.0 case, and note that most of the differences are making the output formatted other than as requested. From this, I conclude:
The former I could excuse in a utility being modified for
private use, as I did for bcpp.
Before deciding to work on
bcpp, I studied it, and
indent, and chose the former, since the latter is
badly-structured, and would have taken several months to
However, the patched
indent fills a need in my
development work. Besides patching it, I added scripts to extend
it over several years. I use these scripts in most of the
C-language programs on my website.
See the changelog for details:
The resulting package (usually installed as
cindent is here: