VIM Question

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    VIM Question

    Anyone know if you can change how much VIM indents when it does auto-indenting? I checked the vimrc file but all I found was the option to turn autoident on or off.
    I want to change it from a tab to two spaces. Found the indent directory but not sure which file to change.

    Thanks

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    It should be something along the lines of
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    :set autoindent tabstop 2
    for a two space indention.
    My best code is written with the delete key.

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    Thanks Prelude. Unfortunately that didn't do it. Looking through the help and stuff more I found that the setting I'm looking for is called sw. I can change it for that session by doing :set sw=2 but it doesn't change permeantly. I'll keep looking though.

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    >Unfortunately that didn't do it.
    I would be able to help better if I were running Unix at the moment. My .rc file for vi sets the autoindent to 2. I'll grab it for you the next time I boot into Unix if you haven't solved your problem by then.
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    Re: VIM Question

    >> I want to change it from a tab to two spaces.
    I'm not sure I understand your question.
    normally I use tab indenting.
    if I want to change tab to spaces, I type ``:1,$s/\t/ /g'' before exporting to other editors.
    if you mean autoindent with spaces, i don't know.
    that's very bad for me and might cause me to change my avatar

    >>:set sw=2 but it doesn't change permanently.
    howabout put it in vimrc file?
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    Here's my .vimrc file (used for gvim as well)
    Code:
    :set guifont=*
    :syntax on
    :set tabstop=4
    :set shiftwidth=4
    :set smartindent
    :set smarttab
    :set expandtab
    When all else fails, read the instructions.
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    I tested individual command.
    seems that only :set expandtab is required.
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