Ubuntu – Permanently convert tabs to spaces in vi / vim


If I wanted to have traditional indentation in vi / vim, I would enter these commands:

:set tabstop=4
:set shiftwidth=4
:set expandtab

It is tedious to type those commands every time I open a file. How do I permanently store those settings?

Best Answer

Create a file in your home directory called .vimrc, and put your commands in there:

set tabstop=4
set shiftwidth=4
set expandtab

Ubuntu's Vim Howto has a few pointers to basic customisation, if you want to dig deeper there's the Vim Book and the FAQ as well.

vi-improved.org also has a nice, big example of one person's .vimrc for you to rummage around in.

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