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Adopted to github[]

As it seems original author is not actively taking care of it, I've moved this script to github:

Bug report (version 2.6)[]

THere is a bug in version 2.6 that prevents ranged '=' command from working. It displays an error message about missing 'b:ctab_lastalign'. Here is the fix:

--- ctab.vim>---2012-05-04 20:19:47.143269297 +0400
+++ /smbexport/ctab.vim>2012-05-04 20:10:17.590011955 +0400
@@ -221,7 +221,9 @@
       if a:line == line('.')
         let b:ctab_lastalign=a:line
-        unlet b:ctab_lastalign
+        if exists('b:ctab_lastalign')
+          unlet b:ctab_lastalign
+        endif
       set ts=50
       set sw=50

Bug report[]

There is a bug on line 284 of ctab.vim, version 2.3 which prevents :RetabIndent from working. Below patch fixes this:

diff -- a/plugin/ctab.vim b/plugin/ctab.vim
index 98d305b..9e873fe 100644
--- a/plugin/ctab.vim
+++ b/plugin/ctab.vim
@@ -281,7 +281,7 @@ fun! s:RetabIndent( bang, firstl, lastl, tab )
   let checkspace=((!&expandtab)? "^\<tab>* ": "^ *\<tab>")
   let l = a:firstl
   let force= a:tab != '' && a:tab != 0 && (a:tab != &tabstop)
-  let checkalign = &expandtab || !(&autoindent || &indentexpr || &cindent) ! exists('g:ctab_disable_checkalign') || g:ctab_disable_checkalign==0
+  let checkalign = &expandtab || !(&autoindent || &indentexpr || &cindent) || ! exists('g:ctab_disable_checkalign') || g:ctab_disable_checkalign==0
   let newtabstop = (force?(a:tab):(&tabstop))
   while l <= a:lastl
     let txt=getline(l)

--Themiwi 14:51, August 21, 2010 (UTC)

Bug with empty lines[]

I found problem in ctab.vim script.

How to reproduce:

:e test.c
:set cindent
test() {<CR>

I fixed the problem and add some minor fixes (correct undo for some <CR>, handling <Esc>):

--- ctab.vim.orig	2011-02-07 11:46:44.000000000 +0300
+++ ctab.vim	2011-02-07 13:35:50.000000000 +0300
@@ -199,6 +199,9 @@
   " Check the alignment of line.
   " Used in the case where some alignment whitespace is required .. like for unmatched brackets.
   fun! s:CheckAlign(line)
+    if getline(line('.') - 1) =~ '^\s*$'
+      call setline(line('.') - 1, '')
+    endif
     if &expandtab || !(&autoindent || &indentexpr || &cindent)
       return ''
@@ -246,13 +249,27 @@
   fun! s:CheckCR()
     echo 'SID:'.s:SID()
     if getline('.') =~ '^\s*$'
-      return "\<CR>"
+      return "\<c-r>=<SNR>".s:SID().'_RemoveSpaces(line(''.''))'."\<CR>\<CR>\<END>"
       return "\<CR>\<c-r>=<SNR>".s:SID().'_CheckAlign(line(''.''))'."\<CR>\<END>"
+  fun! s:RemoveSpaces(lnum)
+    undojoin
+    call setline(a:lnum, '')
+    return ''
+  endfun
+  fun! s:CheckEsc()
+    if getline('.') =~ '^\s*$'
+      return "\<c-r>=<SNR>".s:SID().'_RemoveSpaces(line(''.''))'."\<CR>\<Esc>\<END>"
+    endif
+    return "\<Esc>"
+  endfun
   "exe 'inoremap '.s:buff_map.'<silent> <CR> <CR><c-r>=<SID>CheckAlign(line(''.''))."\<lt>END>"<CR>'
+  exe 'inoremap '.s:buff_map.'<silent> <expr> <Esc> <SID>CheckEsc()'
   exe 'inoremap '.s:buff_map.'<silent> <expr> <CR> <SID>CheckCR()'
   exe 'nnoremap '.s:buff_map.'<silent> o o<c-r>=<SID>CheckAlign(line(''.''))."\<lt>END>"<CR>'
   exe 'nnoremap '.s:buff_map.'<silent> O O<c-r>=<SID>CheckAlign(line(''.''))."\<lt>END>"<CR>'

--Konstantin Lepa 11:05, February 7, 2011 (UTC)

Inserting carriage return jumps to end of line[]

I'm experiencing a bug with ctab.vim verison 2.6 in which typing a carriage return in the middle of a line while in insert mode will place your cursor at the end of the new line. The expected behaviour is that the cursor will stay in front of the text that the carriage return was inserted before.

The reason this happens is because it expects that there is no text after the carriage return and tries to jump to after the inserted spaces/tabs. It does this simply with the <END> key.

I'm not particularly experienced with writing vim scripts, so I don't have a fix. I can't find a way to move to the first non-whitespace character without leaving insert mode. Leaving insert mode would clear the new line if you're inserting the carriage return at the end of a line. Sftrabbit (talk) 15:58, October 3, 2013 (UTC)

Hi Sftrabbit. I was also annoyed by this. I think it suffices to simply get rid of the \<END> character.

The line, for me, now reads:

return "\<CR>\<c-r>=<SNR>".s:SID().'_CheckAlign(line(.))'."\<CR>"


Some information on this plugin is at Indent with tabs, align with spaces. JohnBeckett 09:45, August 22, 2010 (UTC)