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vim - how can i do a 'change word' using the current paste buffer

I have some text in my paste buffer, e.g. I did a yw (yank word) and now I have 'foo' in my buffer. I now go to the word 'bar' and I want to replace it with my paste buffer. To replace the text ...
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Use of ! in VIM

I have seen that sometimes :q works but sometimes we have to use :q!. This is the case for many commands. I was wondering what is the general use of ! in vim and when to use it. I tried to google ...
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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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How to know I am using vi or emacs input?

Crash shell allows to specify the command line editing mode to vi or emacs. What will be the difference in these input methods? I am not asking about the internal features.
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Uncommenting multiple lines of code, specified by line numbers, using vi or vim

I have learned from this Stack Overflow question that it is possible to use vi/vim to comment out a specified range of line numbers. For example, suppose I have the following bash script: ...
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Gnu Screen and vi - visualization issues

The scenario is as follows: gnu screen launched onto a scientific Linux distro ssh to an aix machine tried to edit a file with vi And this is what I got: "ex: 0602-108 screen is not a ...
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Change the text on a single line number in multiple text files

Suppose that I have ten bash shell scripts: script1.sh, script2.sh, ..., script10.sh. Initially, all ten files are identical. Now, I would like to make two changes in each script: In each file, ...
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how do I save my buffer in vi without exiting?

how do I save my buffer in vi without exiting? .
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Joe,pico,emacs missing

I've installed a 'linux in a box' at home using FreeBSD and Virtual Box.But when I tryed to make a C file,joe,emacs and pico give me 'Command not found'. joe z.c,emacs z.c, pico m.c are the commands ...
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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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What is the point of Virtual replace mode in Vim?

The help says that virtual replace mode commands in Vim gr & GR replace characters in screen estate and not in file. :help Virtual-Replace-mode I am understanding this as something like ...
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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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vi / vim - how to automatically strip trailing spaces on save?

Is there a .vimrc setting to automatically remove trailing whitespace when saving a file? Ideally (to be safe) I would like to only have this functionality for certain files, e.g. *.rb
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vi / vim - extra indents when pasting text? [duplicate]

I can copy characters in other apps such as browsers with ctrlc. I can then press i to enter insert mode in vim and press shiftctrlv to paste the text in. The problem is that each line gets indented ...
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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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vim shortcut to open a file under cursor in an already opened window

In vim you can open a file under the cursor by using the gf command. One can also easily open that file in a new split window by hitting <c-w> f. This is a really nice and time saving feature. ...
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Custom key bindings for vi shell mode, ie, “set -o vi”?

I just discovered the wonders of set -o vi, and am curious if it is possible to customize this vi shell mode in some of the same ways you can customized vi or vim? For example, create a custom key ...
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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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vi - search the string you cursor is over?

I looking more for a method that is "built-in" to vi, and not something that I could do in my .vimrc. Though, solutions for .vimrc are appreciated. :-) When I want to search a string, sometimes that ...
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How do I set vim as the default editor when I sudo?

I'm working on a CentOS 5.9 machine, and I simply want to type sudo vi somefile and have my trusty vim with syntax highlighting, etc. This seems simple enough, but after many attempts, it's ...
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Vim - how to increase each number in visual block?

I have the following SQL: update am.PERMISSIONS set PRM_ORDER = 35 PRM_VISIBLE = b'1' where PRM_ID = 3; update am.PERMISSIONS set PRM_ORDER = [35] PRM_VISIBLE = b'1' where PRM_ID = 7; update ...
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How do I set bash aliases and variables from within vim?

In cmdline mode, the following examples do not work for me. !alias lol='echo lol' !lol='echo lol'
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vi backspace problem

I have to work on a really old AIX workstation with vi version 3.10 in it. I have done a little work in vim, but that was much more easy to use than the old vi (atleast untill I get used to the old ...
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set hlsearch not working in vi

I want the result to be highlighted when I search for it in a file.So,I opened a file with vi(version 7.2) and then used command :set hlsearch to enable highlighting.But even then I don't get my ...
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How to select complete file in vi, to be pasted in gedit?

I know that doing %y a will yank complete file into register a. However this doesn't help in pasting the file content in another text editor (say gedit). What alternative is there for doing so?
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Ctrl+W in vi[m] to erase to whitespace

I want to mimic the functionality of bash readline in vim. Is there an easy way to do that? Currently in vim Ctrl+W "cuts" from cursor back to special char or whitespace. ie. In bash Ctrl+W "cuts" ...
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Unable to write to file on FreeBSD — read-only filesystem

I bought a load balancer that runs the application on of FreeBSD. I found the configuration file that has all the settings and login information for both the admin and read-only users. I logged in as ...
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messages appearing when not desired

I have SSH access to a CentOS box and I have a strange behavior of that box, I have never seen before. Lets say I am editing a file with vi or displaying tail -f of a file. Every time the server has ...
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What are some of the main differences between vim and vi?

What are a few of the main differences between vi and vim? Are there any significant keyboard shortcut differences, any features that one has that the other does not? Yes, I do know that I asked ...
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Vim: Making XML text “pretty”

Is there an easy way within vi to make your XML text "pretty"? For example: I want this.. <person> <name>Nick</name> <age>26</age> ...
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Write out without quitting in Vim?

I looked through the vim manual, and I could only find the commands for "write and quit" and "write (if edited) and quit". Is there a command for "write out without quitting", similar to ^o in nano?
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While in vi how can I pull in / insert / paste the contents of another file

I am editing file 'A' in vi. I have another file 'B' whose contents I want to 'paste' into my current location. Other than actual mouse copy and pasting, is there a command that I can use that will ...
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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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Vi vs vim, or, is there any reason why I would ever want to use vi?

I know a bit about *NIX text editors (currently migrating from nano to vim), and, after looking around a bit on the Unix & Linux SE, have noticed that a fair about of question use vi instead of ...
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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 unset set -o vi?

I wanted to try vi mode in bash but now I would like to change it back to normal. How can I unset -o vi ?
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Why is vi apparently broken (viminfo error E576), and how can I fix it?

I am proficient at using Unix/Linux, but I am not an expert. If I want to open a file (for example, file.txt), I use vi: vi file.txt This opens the file, and if I want to close it, I use :q!. I ...
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Globally replace Vi with Vim on Fedora

On Debian-based systems the alternatives system handles both the vi and vim executable. So if vim is installed and you execute vi, you also get vim, which I find very nice, because I absolutely hate ...
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remotely query text file associated with an instance of vi

I have opened several text files (a.txt, b.txt, c.txt, ...) in different sessions of vi launched from different instances of a bash shell. Having then accessed that machine remotely, I wish to ...
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Bash Vi-mode: Move back to last slash

I'm using Bash in vi mode with set -o vi. Often I re-run a command but need to change the name of a file in the same directory. Example: mv /tmp/myfileA.txt /home/daniel/myfileA.txt Then, I ...
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Does using ctrl+c instead of esc to exit insert mode break anything in vi?

When using vi, you can exit insert mode with Ctrl + C instead of the more traditional Esc. Are there any situations where it would be undesirable to use for former instead of the latter? Does it break ...
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Change PS1 without hitting enter [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Change cursor shape (or color) to indicate vi mode in bash I am using vi-mode in a bash shell, and I would like to change the PS1 variable whenever I am in insert mode. ...
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vi <TAB> completes only directories in bash

In a directory I type vi and then tab (twice), this gives me user$ vi CMakeFiles/ global/ libs/ whereas ls followed by 2 tabs gives me user$ ls ! core.log CMakeFiles/ global/ libs/ ...
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Sed processed file displays differently in vi vs cat

I can't tell if sed is mucking my file up. In vi or less it displays properly, but cat and more insert other characters. why are they showing up differently I am on a redhat linux system with a ...
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Shortcut for tabn & tabp in vim/vi

When I open several files using vim+tabf, switching across the files will involve using tabp & tabn. Can I have a quicker way to do so?
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concat file content horizontally in vi/vim

I have a text file that contains a big matrix, that columns are split like the following example: col1 col2 col3 row1 .. .. .. row2 .. .. .. row3 .. .. .. row4 .. .. .. row5 ...
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vim customized with emacs commands (insert mode only)

I was an emacs user, and I have to switch to vim. But I miss some basic emacs commands in vim insert mode: C-A C-E C-K C-Y C-x C-s ... and some other I know that I can press Escape and then press ...
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git commit error - cannot run vim: No such file or directory

$ git commit error: cannot run vim: No such file or directory error: There was a problem with the editor 'vim'. Please supply the message using either -m or -F option. How can I overcome the error ...
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How can I switch 2 characters in vi?

I like the fact that I've memorized ddp for switching two lines (i.e. dd deletes the line and then p puts it back '1 higher'). Is there are similar set of keystrokes for switching 2 characters so ...
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Finding parentheses with % in vim across lines

In the following text block, starting at 1 or 3, and pressing % in normal mode in vim, finds the pair of matching parentheses, and toggles between them if you press % again. Starting at 1 finds the ...