too many lines too long

Ben Gamari ben at
Tue Nov 10 11:30:58 UTC 2015

Simon Peyton Jones <simonpj at> writes:

> In my view 80 chars is too short. It was justified in the days of
> 80-column CRTs, but that just isn't a restriction any more. I
> routinely edit in a much wider window.
As far as a hard length limit is concerned I am with Simon here. 80
characters is quite short and some of the more "tabular" source files
of GHC would be on the whole less readable if such a limit were strictly

On the other hand, I agree that in many cases 80-characters is quite a
convenient length; having several buffers side-by-side can make reading
much easier. Many of the files with long-lines could and should be
fixed. However, I am not convinced that this is true for *all* source
files and in my opinion a bit of discretion doesn't hurt.


- Ben
-------------- next part --------------
A non-text attachment was scrubbed...
Name: signature.asc
Type: application/pgp-signature
Size: 472 bytes
Desc: not available
URL: <>

More information about the ghc-devs mailing list