Hi folks. I've been experimenting with a new option to nvi: expandtab, et [off] Prevent the use of <tab> characters in leading whitespace when shifting text, autoindenting, indenting with <control-T>, or outdenting with <control-D>. I find this more useful than prefiltering with expand(1) and then setting tabstop to a large value to avoid the "optimization" to tabs that ^T, ^D, < or > perform. I would rather not have to change tabstop like this; for a variety of reasons I find that leaving tabstop at 8 is sensible practice. Currently, my modification doesn't alter the behaviour of <tab> in insert mode; it still inserts \t. Changing this is a fair bit trickier; I don't use <tab> anyway, since I have shiftwidth set to a different value to tabstop. (I originally called it "expandtabs", then noticed that vim(1) has an "expandtab" option that sets similar behaviour.) thoughts? Luke.
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