Thursday, June 21, 2012
Set tabstop in VI - Mac OSX
From within VI
(Assuming you would like to use four spaces for your tabs)
To make this behaviour the default:
user@machine:~$ cd ~
(if ~/.exrc does not exist, create it. Otherwise skip to next cmd.)
user@machine:~$ touch .exrc
user@machiner:~$ vi .exrc
Add the following line to the file:
Save and close .exrc
user@machine:~$ . .exrc
user@machine:~$ vi someTextFile.txt
Basically, if the file .exrc does not exist in your home directory create it.
Open .exrc for editing.
Add the line (w/o quotes) "set tabstop=4"
Test to verify function.
This should also work in most flavors of *nix.