[Geany-Users] question

Matthew Brush mbrush at xxxxx
Sun Apr 23 22:16:01 UTC 2017

On 2017-04-23 11:31 AM, o1bigtenor wrote:
> On Fri, Apr 21, 2017 at 9:41 PM, Lex Trotman <elextr at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On 22 April 2017 at 12:33, o1bigtenor <o1bigtenor at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> On Fri, Apr 21, 2017 at 7:45 PM, Lex Trotman <elextr at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>> See http://home.gmane.org/ for that sites current situation.  May help
>>>> if more people let them know they want Geany archives back, but may
>>>> just annoy them if they are trying as hard as possible.
>>> Oh boy - - - I have a complicated question and I had hoped to cruise the
>>> archive to see if anyone had talked about any of the aspects before I just
>>> dropped it on the list.
>>> Given that geany is in the process of being resuscitated what would you
>>> suggest as a 'reasonable' course of action?
>> To be clear, its only the Geany archive on Gmane thats being
>> resuscitated, not Geany itself, don't want people to get the wrong
>> idea :)
>> I'd say if google can't find anything relevant, just ask.
> I am using a program called ledger (sometimes known as ledger-cli) with
> a text file for my 'recordkeeping' (what most people call accounting).
> I have tried to use both vim (and gvim) and emacs and I think I could possibly
> learn the mountain of pre-wysiwyg codes to use them effectively. Both suffer,
> in my opinion, in that they don't have a search tool that works in
> searching for
> financial data. Yes they have search tools but their quick use has eluded me
> after quite a number of tries. I only have so much time in my life and entering
> financial information isn't what I want to spend 20% of my life on - -
> - training
> someone else to use the system I'm presently using WITH these cumbersome
> and awkward search tools - - - I'm thinking what I would need is a serious
> programmer type - - - and why would they want to work as a bookkeeper
> for my business? (This preamble is the why.)
> So now to the issue (the what). When I open a file (text file) in geany the
> physical layout is different than when I open it in vim/emacs (and seemingly
> most of the other text editors I've tried).
> Eg
> 2016.01.03 (2 tab spaces)     Company name
> 1 tab space Expense: widgets: 5202.01.02.01    (a number of tab spaces) $ 1.00
> 1 tab space Asset: account bank xyw: 1023.01.02.02       (")
>         $-1.00
> I am using a mono-spaced font  as I want the decimals to line up in the right,
> the beginning of both Expense and Asset (or whatever else that I'm using) are
> 1 tab space (when I can set things I've been trying to use either 4 or 5 spaces
> for 1 tab) of indentation.
> Sometimes there areas many as 6 or 7 Expense listings, there are sometimes
> 2 or 3 Asset listings. What is goofy is that when the text is aligned
> in Geany - - -
> well its NOT in Leafpad, vim or emacs. Switching between Leafpad vim or
> emacs does not seem to create this morphing.
> I would like to stay with Geany because geany offers me the option of creating
> routines that I can call at the command line and then (hopefully) insert what I
> have called into the file (looking at using awk at the moment). Why
> I'm doing this
> is quite a bit more complicated than this delineated 'confusion' so for now - -
> please is there some way to get Geany to look exactly (in layout) like any of
> the other text editors?
> Thanking any of those who care to tackle this in advance!!


If things are not aligned, make sure your font is actually mono spaced 
and that nothing is bold (it messes with character widths). Then adjust 
the tab width (Document->Set Indent Width) to match the other editors 
(usually 8 chars wide rather than Geany's 4 chars).

Matthew Brush

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