While I’m not a big fan of TABS in my source code, a recent project I’m on has declared tabs are the way to go. So I needed to figure out two things.
- How do I tell Vim to use TABS on this project, but not on other project’s I’m on?
- How do I reformat some of my code to be tabs instead of spaces?
This one was easy. Go into your global
.vimrc file and enter this
set exrc " Per directory .vimrc file
Now in the root directory of your project, you will add a
.vimrc file with these contents
set noexpandtab set copyindent set preserveindent set softtabstop=0 set shiftwidth=4 set tabstop=4
NOTE: You may want to add
.vimrc to your global
.gitignore file so you don’t accidentally include it in your code :)
This one is already built right in. Just highlight a section of text in visual mode. Then type
:retab! this should swap tabs for spaces. Try it out and tell me what you think.
Did this help you out? It took me a few days to piece together all this information together, I hope this saves you some time (who knows, maybe the future me will be thankful I wrote this down). Let me know your thoughts. firstname.lastname@example.org