My global tab-width is set to 4. But in elisp-mode I get 6 spaces per tab in indentation. So the code after auto indenting looks like this:

(defun new-eshell ()
      (when (one-window-on-screen-p)
            (let* ((lines (window-body-height))
                        (new-window (split-window-vertically (floor (* 0.7 lines)))))
                  (select-window new-window)
                  (buffer-name (eshell "eshell"))

How can I set the indentation to 2 spaces?

Update: info for NickD

After I type C-h m I get this:

Enabled minor modes: Auto-Composition Auto-Compression Auto-Encryption
Cl-Old-Struct-Compat Delete-Selection Diff-Auto-Refine Display-Time
Eldoc Electric-Indent File-Name-Shadow Font-Lock Global-Eldoc
Global-Font-Lock Global-Undo-Tree Ivy Line-Number Menu-Bar Mouse-Wheel
Override-Global Pyvenv Shell-Dirtrack Tooltip Transient-Mark Undo-Tree
Yas Yas-Global

(Information about these minor modes follows the major mode info.)

Emacs-Lisp mode defined in ‘elisp-mode.el’:
Major mode for editing Lisp code to run in Emacs.

Doing the same in emacs -Q gives 2 spaces. So, something is wrong with the configs.

  • 1
    What does C-h v lisp-body-indent RET say?
    – NickD
    Sep 12, 2020 at 14:16
  • @NickD lisp-body-indent is a variable defined in ‘lisp-mode.el’. Its value is 2
    – user4035
    Sep 12, 2020 at 16:31
  • What exactly are you typing in? Are you typing TABs or are you letting the mode decide the indentation?
    – NickD
    Sep 12, 2020 at 18:11
  • @NickD I am typing <Tab>.
    – user4035
    Sep 13, 2020 at 7:17
  • So why not type anything and let the mode decide the indentation? If you press RET at the end of the first line, does it not indent 2 spaces automatically on the next line?
    – NickD
    Sep 13, 2020 at 12:50

1 Answer 1


The error was here: (setq lisp-indent-offset 6). Changed it to (setq lisp-indent-offset 2) and it started to work.

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