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Date:      Tue, 26 May 2020 21:54:10 +0100
From:      Ottavio Caruso <ottavio2006-usenet2012@yahoo.com>
To:        "Derek (freebsd lists)" <482254ac@razorfever.net>
Cc:        FreeBSD Mailing List <freebsd-questions@freebsd.org>
Subject:   Re: nvi expandtab - tabs to spaces
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On Tue, 26 May 2020 at 14:48, Derek (freebsd lists)
<482254ac@razorfever.net> wrote:
>
> Hiya,
>
> After all these years, I'm finally wanting to switch tabs to spaces for
> certain documents (yaml comes to mind, python another), but I'm finding
> the FreeBSD nvi lacks expandtab, yet OpenBSD's (as of 6.7) supports this
> option.
>
> What is the canonical way to use space indentation in FreeBSD's nvi?
>
> Is there any appetite (from committers) for a patch/import of the
> feature from OpenBSD?

After careful checking, the expandtab option was introduced to NetBSD first:
http://mail-index.netbsd.org/tech-userlevel/2008/12/10/msg001482.html

by Luke Mewburn and probably backported to OpenBSD later. This has
never gone (I think) into FreeBSD base. If one wants to make a port
out of it, they can look at the pkgsrc port:
https://pkgsrc.se/editors/nvi

and adjust Makefile, etc.

Note that the $HOMEPAGE is 404 and the distfile is cached somewhere on
the NetBSD servers.

-- 
Ottavio Caruso



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