[Geany-Users] Tabify/untabify on selection only, in complete line

Lex Trotman elextr at xxxxx
Sun Aug 27 03:03:36 UTC 2017

On 27 August 2017 at 06:52, Lars Paulsen <lars_paulsen at web.de> wrote:
> It's fine for me that it requires to have the whole line selected.
> My tests revealed that "spaces to tabs" only replaces the leading spaces but
> "tabs to space" replaces all tabs with spaces (as wanted).
> So this seems to be a bit inconsistent.
> Also it would be nice if I could put the action on the toolbar or the menu
> (e.g. under "edit/format).
> The menu would be my preferred solution as I am used to it from other
> IDEs/GUIs.

Spaces to tabs outside the indents is more complicated, do you:

a) convert every occurrence of any number of spaces to a tab,
b) convert only every occurrence of N spaces to tab and leave
remainders and any number less than N
c) convert spaces only where they cross a tabulation point (position
that is a multiple on N characters) leaving others as spaces so
hopefully maintaining alignment
d) probably other options I havn't thought of

No one option is what everybody wants to do, and the use-cases are
usually short term (eg convert a code base once) so nobody has
considered it worth the effort to add the feature.  Same argument for
tabs to spaces ignoring non-indents, possibly useful (eg tab separated
data files) but not used enough to warrant the effort.


> Looks like that the feature could be improved. Maybe I will do it sometime
> in the future, but not now.
> Thanks for all help/answers!
> Regards,
> Lars
> On 26.08.2017 21:35, Matthew Brush wrote:
>> On 2017-08-26 12:00 PM, Colomban Wendling wrote:
>>> Le 26/08/2017 à 11:43, Matthew Brush a écrit :
>>>> On 2017-08-26 10:26 AM, Lars Paulsen wrote:
>>>>> Hi All,
>>>>> I would like to know if there is a way to tabify/untabify a portion of
>>>>> selected text?
>>>>> I know I can mark text and change the indentation with tab/shift tab
>>>>> and that will also delete tabs (if configured).
>>>>> But it does only delete the tab on the start of the line before the
>>>>> first token.
>>>>> E.g. '-->token-->nextToken;' becomes '....token-->nextToken;' ('.' =
>>>>> one space, '-->' = one tab).
>>>>> I would like it to become '....token....nextToken;'.
>>>>> How can I do that, only for a selection - not for the whole document.
>>>> I've wanted that a few times as well. One reasonable way would be to
>>>> change the `Document->Replace [tabs|spaces] with [tabs|spaces]` options
>>>> to only affect the current selection if there is one. It just requires
>>>> someone who cares enough to implement it :)
>>> Someone did a while ago and it made it in 1.26 already ;)
>>> https://github.com/geany/geany/pull/394
>>> So, just select some lines and use that feature and it should do what
>>> you like.  WFM at least :)
>> Doesn't work here, internal spaces/tabs aren't replaced like the OP is
>> asking about. That PR seems to only affect leading indentation and only when
>> the whole line is selected.
>> Regards,
>> Matthew Brush
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