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I have recently started using ansible, and yaml-mode seemed the logical choice for editing playbooks. However, the indentation does not quite work correctly. For example, I might start a task definition like so:

- name: install packages

Adding the next line, it needs to be indented as follows:

- name: install packages
  apt: name=emacs24 state=present

However, what yaml-mode wants to do is:

- name: install packages
    apt: name=emacs24 state=present

If I tab again:

- name: install packages
apt: name=emacs24 state=present

In other words, in order to get the correct indentation, I need to manually enter the correct number of spaces instead of using the tab key. Is there a mode where I can get the correct behavior, or a way to configure yaml-mode to do what I want? Thank you!

  • I cannot reproduce this in the latest yaml-mode version. Please try upgrading your version and if the error still persists, hand in a bug. – wasamasa Apr 7 '16 at 18:31
  • @wasamasa I am on the most recent version through MELPA. Which version are you on (for me, yaml-mode-version returns 0.0.12)? – elethan Apr 7 '16 at 18:37
  • 0.0.12 is the latest tag, however there have been several commits since that. MELPA unstable should have a build incorporating them, are you possibly on MELPA stable? – wasamasa Apr 7 '16 at 18:49
  • @wasamasa Argggg...I am on unstable, but I just tried starting Emacs with -Q and I have the desired behavior...This has been happening a lot to me recently. I always tell people to try -Q, but rarely think to try it myself before asking a question...I guess I will get to bisecting my init once again, haha – elethan Apr 7 '16 at 19:43
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https://github.com/k1LoW/emacs-ansible

will highlight keywords.

https://github.com/DarthFennec/highlight-indent-guides

promises to highlight indent levels, even shows a nice video of it, but I had trouble getting it working

  • Welcome to TeX - LaTeX! Does this help with entering indentation/reindenting? Could you perhaps post a screen shot? – Andrew Swann Dec 18 '18 at 13:13
  • If you visit that 2nd URL, there's a nice video showing what is supposed to happen - vertical lines should appear that show the current indentation level, and one dynamically highlights as you move the point, to show the current indent level. For me, even though the h-i-g minor mode is active, it seems to have no effect. – Pete Siemsen Dec 20 '18 at 0:15
  • Yes, but external links tend to die. Including something directly in the answer will make it more useful in the future. – Andrew Swann Dec 20 '18 at 8:41

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