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Old 04-04-2008, 11:38 AM   #1
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Tab setting in vim editor!!!

Hi all,

I am a newbie to the vi editor. I use vi to write AWK progs and perl scripts. I am facing a problem of indentation. When I press enter after writing a line, the cursor is going back to the start of the line. But i want the cursor to be placed at bottom of the above lines beginning, i.e., if I typed some code from 16th column the next line should start from 16th column only, unless i change the indentation.
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Did you try activating autoindent (ai)?

You can try it by issueing the following command in command mode: set ai (set noai to deactivate).

If this is what you want/need you can put it in your vimrc (global or local). The full name can also be used. I.e. set autoindent.

Hope this helps.
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If you create a file, .exrc, in your home directory with this content
set autoindent showmode showmatch
you'll get autoindent (you use ^D to go back to the previous indent level on a new line), showmode (an indication of what mode you're in) and showmatch (the cursor will jump back to the previous '(' or '[' or '{' when you type a corresponding ')' or ']' or '}' -- kinda handy, that).
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