Re: [textadept] Request: Remove tab settings from language modules

From: Patrick McMorris <>
Date: Tue, 1 Nov 2011 15:51:58 -0700

I have similar issues when the editor removes trailing spaces on save.

This is a great feature for writing nice clean code and works ok when
everyone on a project is also doing it. But more generally, when you're
working with millions of lines of code, and hundreds of people, on many
concurrent branches, on legacy code bases, etc... It's a bad idea for the
editor to go modify lines that you didn't touch. It makes merging a
nightmare and code reviews more complicated than they need to be for folks
using crappy diff tools. Personally, I like it on at home but I need it
off at work. And I need it to stay off, wholesale at the app level not at
the per language/fileformat level.


down with tabs

On Tue, Nov 1, 2011 at 3:28 PM, Brian Schott <> wrote:

> Some of the language add-on modules contain settings for indentation
> (tabs vs. spaces and indent size). These override any user settings in
> ~/.textadept/init.lua, thereby changing how the editor operates in a
> way that I think is unexpected from a language module.
> I noticed this primarily with the Java module, as it removes the
> feature of removing trailing whitespace and also resets my
> indentation. Tabs are the superior indentation unit (I SHALL NOT BE
> PERSUADED OTHERWISE, HEATHENS!), but at work I need to follow the
> guidelines of no trailing whitespace and 4-space indentation (as
> recommended by the (poorly-worded) Java code conventions
> Whenever I upgrade or reinstall TA I end up forgetting to remove this
> from the Java module and manage to stupidly check in files with the
> wrong whitespace settings. I could override the override in my
> post_init.lua, but why should I have to?
> Summary: Leave set_buffer_properties empty in language modules,
> please. Other than that, they're awesome.
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