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Date:      Wed, 27 May 2020 06:10:08 +0200
From:      Jacques Foucry <>
Subject:   Re: nvi expandtab - tabs to spaces
Message-ID:  <20200527041008.GD95043@mithril>
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Le mardi 26 mai 2020 à 21:54:10 (+0100), Ottavio Caruso via freebsd-questions à écrit:

Hello friends,

> On Tue, 26 May 2020 at 14:48, Derek (freebsd lists)
> <> 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:
> 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:
> and adjust Makefile, etc.
> Note that the $HOMEPAGE is 404 and the distfile is cached somewhere on
> the NetBSD servers.

Not sure to ㄩnderstand the problem.

Octavio want to switch tab to spaces in it's sources files. He use nvi (I
don't, I use vim) and expandtab seems to not work.

I إad the same issur with vim and discover the :retab command which actually
does visualy the expandtab job.

The sequesce is:

Again I don't use nvi but I thingk that's could be æ solution.

Please execuse me if I am out of goal and my intervention is not in the

Jacques Foucry

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