I have encountered something that I have never seen before in Vim. While I was tentatively modifying some of the source code for software I've been planning to work on, I noticed vim was displaying incorrect spacing for the line of code that I added. Gedit shows the code with the correct spacing. I know Gedit has the correct spacing because the Python code delivers errors if I change the code in Vim to be where it appears to belong within the Vim window. I have attached the Images below. The line that I added is the line that says: print "I am about to evaluate a factorial". I have included my short .vimrc file as well. Has anyone seen this? I have been using vim for months now and can't recall anything like this ever occuring.
It gets reset by the Python filetype plugin; from
" As suggested by PEP8. setlocal expandtab shiftwidth=4 softtabstop=4 tabstop=8
This file is loaded every time a Python file is loaded. Personally I find adding indentation settings here a bit surprising though.
At any rate, to override this use this in your vimrc:
augroup python autocmd! autocmd FileType python setlocal noet ts=4 augroup end
This will get loaded after the ftplugin file, overriding the settings set there.
Personally, I would recommend against using tabs in Python files, as the community standard is to use spaces.