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I want to wrap my text to 79 characters, I do that using the gq command. For most filetypes this works just fine and indents following lines.

With Markdown, however, it does the following:

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The pattern seems to be that only the second line gets indented.

This is not really nice as it then parses differently. For reStructuredText (:set ft=rst) it works just fine with longer lines:

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What would I have to do to get the same results in Markdown as in reStructuredText?

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    Have you got 'autoindent' set? – Antony Sep 30 '16 at 13:58
  • No, I have noautoindent. The funny thing is that once I do :set ft=rst and then :set ft=markdown, the gqip works as expected. It doesn't do before. So somehow back-and-forth in the filetype improves the situation. But either way I have noautoindent. – Martin Ueding Sep 30 '16 at 14:20
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    You need :set ai fo+=q and appropriate 'comments' for gq to make a hanging indent. – Antony Sep 30 '16 at 15:32
  • In both cases I have fo=tcq. And comments is fb:*,fb:-,fb:+,n:> before and after the rst-markdown switching. So I guess that is not the trick. – Martin Ueding Sep 30 '16 at 16:18
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    Okay, well try turning it on. – Antony Sep 30 '16 at 18:07
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As far as I can tell (and from @Antony's comments), autoindent must be turned on for this to work. From the help pages:

When autoindent is on, formatting (with the "gq" command or when you reach 'textwidth' in Insert mode) uses the indentation of the first line.

…and, in practice, it works for me to reformat long list items.

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