Actually, it's not the tab characters that annoy me. It's emacs behavior of mixing tabs and spaces in indentation. I often use emacs for coding but I'm really annoyed that it mixes tabs and spaces. Does anyone happen to know what I need to do to make emacs use only one or the other? Preferrably, I would like to use all spaces for indentation.
Hey, this is Emacs. It knows BETTER than you do! [TM]
Memory's a little fuzzy, but I think Meta+x "untabify" or something like that will get rid of the tabs. Do this:
Press ESC (Meta) Press x (down there on the bottom row ) When the prompt appears down below the status line, type "untab" and press the tab key and it will look for possible completions. Hopefully there's only one, but at least that should give a hint. Actually, I think it may be "untabify-buffer". There may also be an untabify-region that you'd use to untabify a "highlighted" section of the buffer.
Press Enter to execute the command.
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