Eclipse is very nice, but :(...

Michael L Torrie torriem at
Mon Jun 19 15:53:01 MDT 2006

On Mon, 2006-06-19 at 11:02 -0600, C. Ed Felt wrote:
> Fellow Eclipse users, (you can ignore this email if you are not one):
> Eclipse is great and has all the goodies I need in an open source, code 
> completing, block collapsing IDE.  I finally have it fully configured 
> for and would like to use it for PHP, Python, etc.  But there is one 
> fatal flaw: I can't seem to find a way to change tab to spaces.  I need 
> specifically to change tab to three spaces, (so that when I type tab, I 
> get three spaces).  The code is much cleaner this way and there are many 
> current and possible future clients who require this.  I have tried both 
> Eclipse 3.1 and 3.2 and do not find this feature.  Please tell me how to 
> change this setting, or, if possible an easy work around.  Please don't 
> tell me about the "Displayed tab width" setting.  This is for display 
> only and does not effect the actual text.  Sorry if I sound upset, it's 
> because I am frustrated with this huge oversight and/or sloppily 
> excluded feature.

Personally I think the display is all I need.  If the file is left as
tabs, then it doesn't matter about my personal preference as the source
code will always look right according to my preference.

> -Ed Felt
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