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Old 03-08-2004, 04:30 PM   #1
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Extremely stupid question about tab key (specifically in Vim)


I've been messing around with Python, looked at some sources, and noticed that the indentations all seem to be with 4 spaces each, but when I press tab I get 8 spaces.. Why is this? Is there any way to set tab to 4 instead of 8, or otherwise find a way to get 4 instead of 8 without the tedium of pressing space 4 times?


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Old 03-08-2004, 06:11 PM   #2
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The default tab width on almost any computer system/application is 8.

In vim, you can set it in /etc/vim/vimrc (global) or ~/.vimrc by editing/adding the line

set tabstop=4

(or whatever tab width you like)


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