I'm a novice in Vim and configuring it for writing python scripts comfortably.
Is the a way to automatically put four spaces after I jump onto the first line of
while True: loop ?
You want to have this setting:
" ---- Minimal configuration: set smartindent " Do smart autoindenting when starting a new line set shiftwidth=4 " Set number of spaces per auto indentation set expandtab " When using <Tab>, put spaces instead of a <tab> character " ---- Good to have for consistency " set tabstop=4 " Number of spaces that a <Tab> in the file counts for " set smarttab " At <Tab> at beginning line inserts spaces set in shiftwidth " ---- Bonus for proving the setting " Displays '-' for trailing space, '>-' for tabs and '_' for non breakable space set listchars=tab:>-,trail:-,nbsp:_ set list
smartindent is the option for automatically indenting when starting a new line. Note that a new line after a line starting with a keyword from
cinwords is automatically indented. That means, whatever the file type is, a new indentation is done after lines starting by
shiftwidth sets the number of "spaces" when doing a smart indentation. Note that it will add as much tab characters as possible then the number of spaces needed (so if you set tab as eight space long and
shiftwidth to 12, it will put one tab character and four spaces). In your case you want to set it to 4.
expandtab is the option for putting space instead of tab characters.
Good to have for consistency
tabstop sets the number of "spaces" a tab corresponds. By default it is set to 8 (GNU convention). You want to consider a tab as 4 spaces.
smarttab corresponds to the behaviour when you insert a tab in a empty line. If it is set on: it will insert blanks according to
shiftwidth, when off: according to
softtabstop. You want it to be set on.
listchars defines the display for different type of characters. In our case: tab are displayed
- is repeated for filling the size the tab takes), trailing characters are displayed
- and non-breakable space are displayed as
_. With this settings, you can see the difference between tabs and spaces.
list is set to activate the option.