# Deleting trailing whitespace for auto savers

real-auto-save is a great package if you like that sort of thing. For example, I like every file to always be saved without me worrying about doing it myself, so I stick with the default save occurring every 10 seconds. A really nice function to call on write-file-hooks is delete-trailing-whitespace, but, with 10s saves this means that in the middle of typing you have spaces eaten and this is clearly unacceptable!

Here is an attempt at a tweaked cleanup function that cleans up every line in the file but for the current line on which your cursor sits:

(defun gcr/delete-trailing-whitespace ()
"Apply delete-trailing-whitespace to everything but the current line."
(interactive)
(let ((first-part-start (point-min))
(first-part-end (point-at-bol))
(second-part-start (point-at-eol))
(second-part-end (point-max)))
(delete-trailing-whitespace first-part-start first-part-end)
(delete-trailing-whitespace second-part-start second-part-end)))