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Default tab width for Mac OS X is 8. I want to change it to 2. How can I do it?

I've found tabs command, but I can't figure out how to use it.

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up vote 17 down vote accepted

tabs -2 seems to be the command you need

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Oh, that easy. Thank you! – NVI Feb 18 '10 at 12:42
I can't get tabs command to work properly. If I try echo $'12345678|\n\t|' on a new Terminal, I can see the default 8 tab width working correctly. But if I try tabs -4; echo $'1234|\n\t|' I get misaligned pipe symbols. Is this a bug in Terminal? – Tobia Aug 7 '14 at 13:18
Works as expected for me with correct alignment. What is your terminal windows size, what version of OSX are you on and what font (and font size) are you using ? – Rob Cowell Aug 8 '14 at 11:27

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