how to change the tab size in vi?

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# 8  
Old 04-15-2002
Depends..... what login shell are you running?
# 9  
Old 04-16-2002
I'm running in a bash environment.
# 10  
Old 04-17-2002
vi looks for the rc files in the following order:


If it doesn't use your $HOME/.exrc per default, maybe it loads up /etc/vi.exrc or $HOME/.nexrc first? Check if those exist, and maybe alter those or delete them, if you may.

# 11  
Old 04-17-2002
Thanks for the info, the only one that exists is the one that I created:

vi isn't reading it when it starts up.

btw, is exrc an acronym?
# 12  
Old 04-17-2002
Hm, now that is strange. Which system and shell are you using? Any strange environment variables set which could affect this (I can't think of any in particular, just look through them)

'rc' files are usually setup files, and ex is an editor which has something in common with vi, I'm not sure what though, as I have never used it. Apparently, vi seems to be based on this one as it's using the same setup file. Someone correct me if this suggestion is wrong.


# 13  
Old 04-17-2002
Very close.
ex is a line-editor much like ed, but with some better features.
vi was built "on top" of ex - some versions of vi allow you toggle between ex-mode and vi-mode.
An *rc file typically means "run commands", and is sourced (to relate it to a shell function) rather than executed.
So .exrc is the "run commands" config file for ex, that vi reads as well, since vi is dependant on ex. Many of the new incarnations actually incorporate ex and vi in the same executable with hardlinks to each other.
See the full and more acurate history here:

Linked to from the "vi Lovers Homepage":
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