On Fri, 24 Jul 2009 22:49:10 -0400, Steve Bertrand <st...@ibctech.ca> wrote: > Forgive the verbosity. > > Before anything else, I'd appreciate it if my requirements were actually > read before providing any feedback. I know that there are qualified > persons here to legitimately answer my question, so if a flame war does > ensue, I ask that you refrain from responding. > > I'm looking for a new editor. > > I continue to claim that I am not a programmer, but I'm getting to the > point where my current editor can not do what I need it to do for the > programming I have been doing (90% Perl, a bit of C and the rest is > shell/awk stuff if you want to call that programming). > > Currently, I use "ee". The ONLY reason I have outgrown it, is due to the > fact that I can't find an easy way to change my \t to four chars instead > of eight.
Both editors/vim and editors/emacs can do what you describe and a *LOT* more. You should at least try them for a while and see which one of the two fits your style of work better. To get you started by a sneak preview of what they can do, here's a short example of how my .vimrc and .emacs files set options that apply only to C sources. First the ~/.vimrc options: " .vimrc options that apply to all files set softtabstop=8 "how much to indent when TAB is typed set tabstop=8 "how many columns a literal TAB buffer byte indents set textwidth=0 "where do we wrap lines? " vim options that apply only to C sources if !exists("format_keramida_cmode") let format_keramida_cmode = 1 " formatting C code autocmd BufNewFile,BufRead *.c,*.h set autoindent showmatch autocmd BufNewFile,BufRead *.c,*.h set formatoptions=tcq2l textwidth=74 autocmd BufNewFile,BufRead *.c,*.h set shiftwidth=8 softtabstop=8 tabstop=8 noexpandtab endif When using VIM, you can get an indentation style of 4 columns that uses only spaces (no TABs at all) by setting `softtabstop=4' and `expandtabs'. Then the ~/.emacs options for GNU Emacs: (defun keramida/cc-mode/setup () "Configure cc-mode and derivatives for KNF style." (interactive) ;; Basic indent is 8 columns (make-local-variable 'c-basic-offset) (setq c-basic-offset 8) ;; Continuation lines are indented 4 spaces (make-local-variable 'c-offsets-alist) (c-set-offset 'arglist-cont 4) (c-set-offset 'arglist-cont-nonempty 4) (c-set-offset 'statement-cont 4) ;; Fill column (make-local-variable 'fill-column) (setq fill-column 74) ;; Indenting to a tab stop always inserts TAB characters (setq indent-tabs-mode t) (setq c-tab-always-indent t)) ;; Install my own hook for C/C++ mode. (add-hook 'c-mode-common-hook 'keramida/cc-mode/setup) When using Emacs, you can get an indentation style that uses 4 columns and only spaces by setting `indent-tabs-mode' to `nil' and then tweaking `c-basic-offset' to 4: (setq indent-tabs-mode nil) (setq c-basic-offset 4) There are _tons_ of other features in both editors. I lean towards Emacs, because I like the way it works, but you can do so many things with both editors that I have been using both for more than 16 years now. I like both of them :-)
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