How do I set up Vim autoindentation properly for editing Python files?


I've trouble setting up Vim ( for editing Python files (*.py). Indenting seems to be broken (optimal 4 spaces). I've followed some tutorials I found via Google. Still no effect :/ Please help.

7/21/2019 11:34:14 PM

I use this on my macbook:

" configure expanding of tabs for various file types
au BufRead,BufNewFile *.py set expandtab
au BufRead,BufNewFile *.c set noexpandtab
au BufRead,BufNewFile *.h set noexpandtab
au BufRead,BufNewFile Makefile* set noexpandtab

" --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
" configure editor with tabs and nice stuff...
" --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
set expandtab           " enter spaces when tab is pressed
set textwidth=120       " break lines when line length increases
set tabstop=4           " use 4 spaces to represent tab
set softtabstop=4
set shiftwidth=4        " number of spaces to use for auto indent
set autoindent          " copy indent from current line when starting a new line

" make backspaces more powerfull
set backspace=indent,eol,start

set ruler                           " show line and column number
syntax on               " syntax highlighting
set showcmd             " show (partial) command in status line

(edited to only show stuff related to indent / tabs)

9/15/2008 5:53:33 PM

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