vim whitespace sets tab, whitespace, trailing whitespace rules to reasonable values

To update (replacing the current version) run webi vim-whitespace.

Cheat Sheet

The idea that tabs should be 8 spaces wide is redonkulous.

This vim-whitespace plugin sets tabs to spaces (4 wide), trim trailing whitespace, and makes whitespace handling consistent.

How to configure manually

Create the file ~/.vim/plugins/whitespace.vim. Add the same contents as

That will look something like this:

" handle tabs as 4 spaces, in every direction, consintently
set tabstop=4
set shiftwidth=4
set smarttab
set expandtab
set softtabstop=4

" remove trailing whitespace on save
autocmd BufWritePre * :%s/\s\+$//e

You'll then need to update ~/.vimrc to source that plugin:

" Tabs & Whitespace: reasonable defaults from
source ~/.vim/plugins/whitespace.vim


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