I would like to auto-indent text blocks that I have just put. At a minimum, I would like to retab the new block of text, since otherwise I sometimes end up with tabs in files that shouldn't have tabs when I copy them from files that do have tabs without noticing.

  • This does not directly answer your question but regarding visibility of tabs, I use this :set listchars=tab:\|\ ,trail:_,extends:>,precedes:<,nbsp:% list
    – cychoi
    May 30, 2015 at 0:20
  • @cychoi I have an autocmd on buffer-load that checks for tabs and uses something like that to turn them bright yellow if they are present, but otherwise I don't want to see leading spaces so I only include trailing spaces in listchars. I suppose I could include tabs as well, though.... May 30, 2015 at 0:25

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This is my current solution, but I'm certianly open to better ones:

nnoremap p pV`]=
nnoremap P PV`]=

This makes use of the ] built-in mark, which is the "last character of the previously changed or yanked text" (from :help marks).

I'd prefer not to remap primitive fundamental keys such as p, and this won't work with other methods of pasting (e.g. the middle-click in X11). Also, I haven't used this for very long so I'm not sure yet if there are any behavioral oddities.

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    You could also do [p or ]p.
    – romainl
    May 28, 2015 at 20:12
  • @romainl I didn't know about that, but that does indeed seem to do what I want. May 28, 2015 at 21:09
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    @romainl Actually, that appears to remove leading spaces when pasting below a blank line, which is not necessarily what I want. May 28, 2015 at 21:52
  • Which is why there are both a [p (which is probably better written as ]P) and a ]p
    – lcd047
    May 29, 2015 at 5:01
  • [p and ]p are to be used when you want to paste while keeping the indent of the line above or below. They are not magical replacements for P and p.
    – romainl
    May 29, 2015 at 7:19

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