how to change the tab size in vi?

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Old 04-12-2002
Computer how to change the tab size in vi?

the default size is 8. i found it's too big.

how can i change the tab size in vi? is it a good idea to change it at all?

# 2  
Old 04-12-2002
In vi at the ":" prompt type:

set ts=4
for a tab size of 4
# 3  
Old 04-12-2002

Thxs Neo

how to setup for all vi. I mean every time i go into vi, the tab size is 4.
do i want too much?
# 4  
Old 04-12-2002
no problem, just use the your resource file...

Some useful set options for your ~/.exrc file:

:set all Display all Set options
:set autoindent Indent following lines to the indentation of previous line.
:set ts=4 set tab stop to 4 char
:set ignorecase Ignore case during pattern matching.
:set list Show special characters in the file.
:set number Display line numbers.
:set shiftwidth=n Width for shifting operators << and >>
:set showmode Display when in Insert, Append, or Replace mode.
:set wrapmargin=n Set right margin 80-n for autowrapping lines (inserting newlines). 0 turns it off.
# 5  
Old 04-12-2002

Where can I find the .exrc file? It doesnt exist in the $HOME directory or the root (/)
# 6  
Old 04-12-2002
You should create it in your $HOME and vi should read it on startup...
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Old 04-15-2002
After creating the .exrc file in my $HOME dir...

I managed to get vi to read the .exrc file by using the :'source .exrc' command.

But is there a way you can get vi to read it automatically?
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