I am using Slime, Paredit, and SBCL to code in Common Lisp. While editing a .lisp file, suppose I have this code:

(dotimes (i 4))

I will represent the cursor (point) as -!-. Having the cursor in this position and pressing return key I get:

(dotimes (i 4) -!-)

;;; press `return`

(dotime (i 4) 

I would like to have the same in the SLIME Repl. There, if I have:

CL-USER> (dotimes (i 4)-!-)

;; after pressing `return` the expression is evalued


I can use C-o. However, C-o gives a new line but with no indentation, such as:

CL-USER> CL-USER> (dotimes (i 4)-!-)

;; after pressing `C-o`, I have:

CL-USER> CL-USER> (dotimes (i 4)

Is there a way to get a new line but with a properly indented parenthesis? Another command maybe? Should I insert something on my init files?


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C-j runs slime-repl-newline-and-indent which I think will work. Whenever I'm faced with an unfamiliar mode, I do C-h m which shows me mode information, including the keymaps: I can then zero in on the relevant function(s). That's how I found this.

The doc string of slime-repl-newline-and-indent says:

Insert a newline, then indent the next line. Restrict the buffer from the prompt for indentation, to avoid being confused by strange characters (like unmatched quotes) appearing earlier in the buffer.

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