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change spacing to two instead of four with pep8 or flake8?

On 29Jun2019 10:19, Malcolm Greene <python at> wrote:
>> I've also taken to having my files auto-formatted with yapf on save ...
>@Cameron: Have you considered black at all and if so, what are your 

I did consider black. Its core selling point was its total 
inflexibility.  Use this and stop _caring_ about the formatting: it will 
be PEP8 compliant and readable. It is like "go fmt" in that regard 
(Which I use with Go, when I use Go - you can see that in the "format" 
script I posted).

The target here is: all code uses the same style, the chosen style is 
good (readable, reasonable, acceptable to most people), let's just use 
it and spent our time worrying about coding instead of style.

However, I want flexibility.

Like the OP, I use 2 spece indentation and have my own foibles. Here is 
the .style.yapf file I use in my personal code:

  based_on_style = pep8
  blank_line_before_module_docstring = True
  blank_line_before_nested_class_or_def = True
  blank_lines_around_top_level_definition = 1
  dedent_closing_brackets = True
  #indent_dictionary_value = True
  indent_width = 2
  split_before_expression_after_opening_paren = True
  split_before_first_argument = True
  split_complex_comprehension = True
  space_between_ending_comma_and_closing_bracket = False
  split_before_dot = true
  use_tabs = False

This comes remarkably close to the style I was hand applying before 
biting the bullet and putting in the work required to get my editor to 
autoformat on save.

[ Aside: another nice thing about autoformatting, over the "nice!" 
feeling one gets seeing the code shuffle around in front of one's face, 
is that if there's a syntax error the code _doesn't_ shuffle around and 
one can go "whoops" and eyeball the code more closely. ]

Cameron Simpson <cs at>