I have come to hate the inconsistency of the electric indent mode and I haven't much of a clue about how it works anyways, so I've disabled it and am trying to get the desired behavior from scratch. I want emacs to indent me to the previous line's indentation level and do nothing else on
indent-relative seems to be the right function for the job. Seems easy enough, and yet I cannot get it to work. This is what I have thus far:
(electric-indent-mode -1) (defun my-newline-and-indent () (interactive) (newline) (indent-relative))
I used to bind this with
global-set-key, but hooking it to the specific modes I use is a better idea (found here):
(defun my-keys () (local-set-key [(return)] 'my-newline-and-indent)) (add-hook 'c-mode-hook 'my-keys)
The above does not indent new lines in C. I also tried the same thing with
indent-relative-maybe, but that doesn't work either. What am I doing wrong?
Edit: now that I got it working thanks to @Tyler, the function that better fits the behavior I want is actually
indent-relative-maybe (though I can't find any documentation on it online).
indent-relative indents to the last whitespace on the previous line, which is too zealous. For example, here is how it indents in F90 mode:
program test _
indent-relative-maybe seems to only indent to the first non-whitespace character.