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Re: Spaces rather than tabs by a major mode hook

From: Tassilo Horn
Subject: Re: Spaces rather than tabs by a major mode hook
Date: Thu, 9 Jun 2022 21:54:27 +0200 (GMT+02:00)

The TAB key is usually bound to some indentation command such as 
indent-according-to-mode. So bind that to some other key and TAB to 


09.06.2022 21:40:26 goncholden <>:

> ------- Original Message -------
> On Friday, June 10th, 2022 at 7:24 AM, Tassilo Horn <> wrote:
>> goncholden writes:
>>>>> ((c++-mode
>>>>> (indent-tabs-mode . t)
>>>>> (c-mode
>>>>> (indent-tabs-mode . t)))
>>> Suppose I have a file with tabs, would the change show the tabs as
>>> spaces? I would rather have the file show as it is. If there are
>>> tabs in the file, would (setq-default indent-tabs-mode nil) show them
>>> as spaces?
>> It doesn't affect how tabs/spaces are displayed. It just defines if
>> emacs' indentation commands may insert tabs. Even with indent-tabs-mode
>> set to nil, you can still manually insert a TAB using C-q TAB.
>> If you want to convert a file from/to tabs, you can use the commands
>> tabify and untabify.
>> Bye,
>> Tassilo
> Makes sense but I find it somewhat complicated.
> It works well if I press return and get indentation with spaces.  But if 
> someone presses the tab key, why does it not accept that tab?
> I would like to be able to introduce a tab with the tab key but indent with 
> spaces.

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