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In vi, convert invisible characters into escape sequences?

My text in vim looks like, i am one line i come in next line i come after a tab space Can the above text be converted like this, i am one line\ni come in next line\n\ti come after a tab space ...
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How can I delete all lines in a file using vi?

How can I delete all lines in a file using vi? At moment I do that using something like this to remove all lines in a file: echo > test.txt How can I delete all lines using vi? Note: Using dd ...
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Advantages of using set -o vi

I have seen many developers using this command to set the option to vi. I never understood the real use of this? When using bash commands, what help does switching to vi provide?
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Delete lines from a file which opened in less mode

I have a file (huge size) which cannot be opened in vi but in less mode and I want to delete the lines which I do not required. But I am unable to delete lines from file open in less mode. Please ...
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readline emacs equivalent to vi's 'fc'

In vi readline, I can use the command fc where c is a character I want to find and jump to in the current line. E.g. echo 'hello world' fw --------> Is there an equivalent command in emacs mode? ...
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Start vi at the last line

I often find myself editing one of a set of configuration files by adding lines at the end. For editing I use vi (from bash) and currently use: vi +$(wc -c /home/john/master/tried.cfg) The above ...
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search and increase the values between the second tilde symbol and the 3rd tilde symbol in each line of a txt file

I was wondering is there any way to search and increase the values between the 2nd tilde symbol and the 3rd tilde symbol in each line of a txt file. Maybe vi can do this? For example, i have a ...
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How do I quickly move the cursor to the end in bash in vi mode?

When I'm in insert mode and I move left from the last cursor position (the empty spot to the right of the last character), then I can't go back to that position anymore. I have to type Esc$a (or ...
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How to search for <td>n in vim?

I can search for n with /n/ I can search for <td> with /\<td\>/ But how can I search for <td>n ? When I try /\<td\>n/ i get not found I'm trying to target the ...
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On OSX, vi seems to return 1 unexpectedly despite no error

So, on stock Mac OSX Yosemite, if I run vi /tmp/foo and then type in some text, and finally do :Wq (a common typo I make) and then :wq. Everything will appear to be fine, but for some reason the exit ...
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Vi mode or emacs mode in the whole system

I use vi mode in zsh, tmux and my favorite text editor (vim obviously). I'm interested to have this behavior in the whole system. I know I can use plugins in firefox, thunderbird, etc. but if there is ...
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How to send the Escape Key inside VirtualBox “vi” session?

When using a "vi" session within VirtualBox, how can I send the Escape Key to change modes from input mode to command mode? I have tried many combinations which do not work: Ctrl-Esc, Atl-Esc, ...
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Write before the cursor

In Vim, I have a #write after cursor A #write after end line I #write at start of line I want to write before a word, for example I want to edit this line My cursor is at the position after ...
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Search and replace control characters (^@, ^M, ^I…) in vi

I copied this line from /proc/some_proc_id/cmdline in my ubuntu machine, java^@-jar^@/usr/lib/selenium/selenium-server-standalone.jar^@-port^@4444^@-trustAllSSLCertificates^@ Somehow, the space ...
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backspace in insert mode not erasing characters

I am new to vi, actually I have started learning vi from today and I have got stuck at the behavior of the backspace key. Actually when I fired up vi on my Ubuntu 12.04 for the first time my backspace ...
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Copy current line to clipboard under cursor without mouse selection

How can i copy the current line under cursor in vi to the system clipboard? I may paste the contents anywhere, in vi itself, or in shell, or in libreoffice app... And i am looking for simpler ...
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How to enable 'daw' vi command in zsh?

I've seen that the vi mode option in zsh is rather limited. For example, 'daw' (delete around word) and 'diw' don't work. What is the reason and how can I solve it?
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How can I delete <93> <94> symbols in file? It is equivalent “ ”

I copied text from a PDF file in bash - vi and I get lines like this: echo <93>The Hypotenuse is $hypotenuse<94> I tried to change that in vi by: s/<93>/"/g But: E486: ...
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How (and whether) to copy and paste on an ssh web interface?

A web page provides web-based ssh access to a linux machine. I'm using it one a Windows7 machine. While editing a file in vi, I want to repeadetly enter the following: j0nhd0 This (1) goes to the ...
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Why is the vi editor's copy command called Yank?

Why is the vi editor's copy command called “yank”? Is there any thing significant that can help me to remember the command name?
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Search and replace with a regular expression in vi?

I would like to replace a string with regular expression that appears in multiple lines with the character "x": The problem is to replace words with the x in front that has an integer after the x, ...
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Vi help problem with / in command mode

Hope someone can guide me in the right direction. I have an issue with the vi text editor, when in command mode after I enter ":" and want to use "/", the forward slash does not come up. What I get is ...
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How can I set “vi” as my default editor in UNIX?

I believe I can do something like export EDITOR=vi, but I'm not sure what exactly to enter, and where. How can I set "vi" as my default editor?
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What is the difference between .exrc and .vimrc?

I know from experience that the ~/.exrc file can be used to configure vim. I also know that the ~/.vimrc file can be used for the same purpose. However, If I use .exrc to configure vim, this leads ...
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Disable vi from going to the last visited line upon file opening

Is there something I can put in my exrc file to prevent vi from going to the last line I was on last time I had the file open and just set the cursor at the top by default? I think it is ...
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How to change search result highlight in vi?

The scenario: I log on a server using ssh, and search for keywords in a log file using vi. The problem: at the moment, the results of a search is only highlighted by a cursor _ below the searched ...
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Why is emacs not preinstalled? [closed]

I want to learn Emacs or Vi. I don't like modal editing but Vi is ubiquitous and looks more useful for emergencies. What are the reasons why Emacs is not preinstalled in most distributions?
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How to enter non-ascii characters using hex or octal codes in vi

I'm trying to write a golfing library for postscript. But it needs to be condensed itself. So I need a convenient way to type-in arbitrary bytes within mostly ascii text. I know this can easily be ...
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Delete 100 lines from vi editor using single command

I am using Ubuntu and trying to delete all 100 lines from vi editor but I got interview question of doing this in one command.
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Is there a way to recover my vi-edited file?

2 days ago, I remotely logged into my school's Unix system and wrote a lengthy file with vi. I saved with :wq and reopened it multiple times to check if it saved (it did). Today, I log back in and ...
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Unable to install vim plugins

I am unable to install any vim plugins on nixOS running the command: nix-env -i vimplugin-Syntastic gives these as the last 3 lines of output: output path ...
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Open a result of `locate` with `vi`

I'd like to get the nth (3rd) result of locate, and then open it to vi. $ locate /private/etc/my.cnf /private/etc/my.cnf.bak_ /usr/local/mysql-5.6.22-osx10.8-x86_64/my.cnf ....
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How can I have my .vimrc detect what OS I'm using?

Since I upgraded my Ubuntu to version 14 I've had a lot of problems with sharing my .vimrc file between Ubuntu and OSX. The following commands no longer work and in fact gives errors: set filetype ...
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How different is Elvis from Vim?

I've been using Slackware for a while now, which ships with Elvis as its default editor. Most other Linux distributions seem to ship with Vim, instead of Elvis. Having gotten quite used to Elvis, ...
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Yank all function declarations

Something I often have to do is make sure I have prototypes for all my functions in my C code at the top of file. What would be a way to quickly select all the function declarations in a .c file using ...
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xargs and vi - “Input is not from a terminal”

I have about 10 php.ini files on my system, located all over the place, and I wanted to quickly browse through them. I tried this command: locate php.ini | xargs vi But vi warns me Input is not ...
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Bash Scripting VIM commands

I have a few files that I have an annoyingly repetitive group of VIM commands to apply to. They are basic VIM commands just to delete some lines which are not supported by the process I need the files ...
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How can I invoke vi instead of vim [duplicate]

I want to use vi for better pasting. When I use vi I get vim When I type /usr/bin/vi I still get vim This is on my Max OSX 10.10 Yosemite
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Strange closure of vi editor

Upon closing vi editor, (without letting it load the whole file), -bash-3.2$ vi /var/spool/mail/user1 -bash-3.2$ 0;136;0c left 0;136;0c to prompt, what could have made this happen, not letting the ...
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Is it possible to remove vi?

I want to remove the vi text editor from Linux but it does not show up as a package in aptitude. Is it possible to remove this? I have already removed vim by running sudo apt-get remove vim I am ...
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On startup, highlight tags and display tags in a preview window

I am using vi as a note-taking and outlining tool. I am constructing the "tags" file by myself. What I would like to do is that when I open my notes or outline file, vi reads the tags present in this ...
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Where is the rc file for vi editor.

I would like to set up system-wide vi settings. I know i can setup preferences for vim editor in /etc/vimrc and ~/.vimrc but i don't think my vi on CentOS7 is reading anything from the vimrc files ...
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What happens if I use vi on large files?

Though we were instructed not to, a colleague of mine used vi to view a large text file (server.log 3.5 GB). This filled up /var/tmp and caused some problems on the server. What caused this? Why ...
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Reverse global and local marks in vi/vim

How can I reverse the capitalization convention of marks in vi/vim? Normally a lower-case mark like "a" means it is local to the current file, but upper case marks like "A" are global to the session. ...
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What is the difference between “find” and “till” in vim?

I see I can use t c or Tc to move to the next / previous character c I can also use fc or Fc to move to the next / previous character c Is the only difference between them that tc places the ...
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Vim, how to delete from CURRENT cursor position, until end of line and next N lines?

This is strangely difficult to figure out. I do not want to delete what is to the left of the cursor, only from the cursor to the end of the line, and the following 3 lines in ONE command. I know I ...
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how to recall last argument in bash with vi setting

I use set -o vi setting in bash. The shorcut Alt+. (recalling last argument of previous command) here doesn't work as in emacs mode, so what is the equivalent for vi?
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Ctrl-z doesn't work in vi launched from Gnome terminal

I'm trying to switch Vi launched from Fedora Gnome terminal to background and go back to bash with Ctrl-Z but it doesn't seem to do anything.
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How to enable reverse search in zsh?

I recently switched to zsh (finally) and am loving it! So far one thing that I am missing is Ctrl+R to do incremental history search. I have the history set up properly HISTSIZE=10000 SAVEHIST=10000 ...
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How to edit a .gpg file with vi?

So I created a gpg encrypted file with password: gpg -c passwords.txt.gpg how can I open it with vi, edit it, then close it? (So that no passwords.txt file will be created, the decrypted ...