I had already googled to no avail, and had concluded that the only way was to write a new text-indent function which could be bound to the return key in the text mode hook.
This went fairly smoothly: I got a little help in #emacs with checking the pattern immediately before the cursor (though I turned out not to need that after all) and for the function called "bobp" (beginning of buffer predicate). Here's what I ended up with:
(defun newline-and-text-indent () "Insert a newline, then indent the next line sensibly for text" (interactive) (if (or (bobp) (looking-at "^$")) (newline) (newline-and-indent) )) (defun text-indent-hook () (local-set-key "\C-m" 'newline-and-text-indent) ) (setq text-mode-hook 'text-indent-hook)
It seems to work fine. For the curious, here's my current .emacs
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