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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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How to move to the “Nth” offset in a file

I'm in need of a command that would help me to the the N th offset in a file. Say this is my file's contents: [root@localhost ~]# cat /file1.txt this is the the first line of many lines and is just a ...
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grep all the lines in a file and write line to a file from the pattern matching point

For example, a temp.txt file contains information like below: adsf on line jhkjhvjdbvjvbvbdjkvn qerwtt on line fdgdgdgdd qwqertg on line safffasffaf wrt on line adaddsd I want to grep for ...
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How to write contents of a file to new file removing repeated lines [duplicate]

For example, a file file1.txt contains Hi how are you hello today is monday hello I am fine Hi how are you After the processing of file1.txt it should write to file2.txt and contents ...
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EX editor: go to previous file

Using ex I open 3 files ex file1 file2 file3 I know the command :n goes to file 2 and file3 the command :rew go to file1 from file3 or file2 But what command can I use to go to previous file? I ...
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strange vi behavior on OSX Debian ssh terminal

While creating a swapfile I issue vi /etc/fstab as root. fstab file comes up, great. Issue G $ to jump to end of line and i to enter INSERT mode. Press the right arrow to move the cursor over by one ...
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How to put current line at top/center/bottom of screen in vim?

Any quicker navigation trick to place the line at which the cursor is at the moment to the top of the screen? center of the screen? bottom of the screen?
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Vim - Is there a way to get immediate visual feedback during Insert in Visual Block Mode?

I often press: <Ctrl> V to go into visual block mode and highlight a column hit <shift>-i (to insert at the beginning of the line), type a few things (at this point, I see my changes on ...
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How to match two lines at once in vim

I have a file that contains records with tab separated format but in two lines, I want to arrange records in one line with tab separated values using vim editor pattern match. Ex. Abc PQR ...
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vi — replace chars from part of line

I've got a file with all Belgian cities. Some of these cities have boroughs. Lier;stad;Antwerpen;49,70;33930;Lier;Koningshooikt ...
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When using vi typing a “c” will delete a character

This also happens when copying and pasting. I am attempting to edit Go code and typing or copying and pasting "package main" comes out as "pkage main". No idea why I can't type a c. Pressing delete ...
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How to make vi work in single-user-mode?

When booting FreeBSD (I use 8.4-amd64) in single-user mode, mounting root filesystem in read/write mode and trying to vi some text file, I get all of this file's contents in one line. This makes vi ...
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With crtl-p can I open a file outside the current tree?

In looking to have functionality that can match my textmate friends for opening files with quick regex capability I found ctrl-p - https://github.com/ctrlpvim/ctrlp.vim It builds, indexes and then ...
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vi needs two <enter> keystrokes instead of one

If I want to open a file using "vi", it needs two <enter> keystrokes instead of one. Any idea, how to fix it? Just few hours back it was working perfectly. I have been searching on the net ...
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Delete from cursor to end of line on VI

I know I've probably looked over this a million times in all the VI documents I've read, but I can't seem to find the delete from cursor to end of line command.
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Not able to schedule tasks in crontab

[srinkann@sjc-ads-440 ~]$ crontab -e no crontab for srinkann - using an empty one /bin/sh: /usr/bin/vi: No such file or directory crontab: "/usr/bin/vi" exited with status 127 [srinkann@sjc-ads-440 ...
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using matches of regex in vi global substitution

I am trying to edit a text file using vi where I want to replace the matches of [a-z],[A-Z] with: {matching value of [a-z]}{a space instead of a comma}{matching value of [A-Z]}. For example: ...
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VIM with Python - Multiple # do not get colored as a comment

Something changed on my system and now VIM screws up syntax highlighting of commented lines. This makes having 'debug' lines very difficult as it looks like the line is still active based on the ...
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Need help copying text from a webpage into vi?

I have this wall of text open on my browser that I need to copy and paste into vi in order to edit it. I tried controlC and controlV and it didn't work. I tried looking online, but everyone said to ...
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Change cursor shape (or color) to indicate vi mode in bash

To clarify: I am not asking how to change the cursor when using vim within a terminal. I want the cursor to change when switching between input and command mode within Bash's vi-mode: set -o vi ...
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`crontab -e: E212: Can't open file for writing` when using gvim (works with vi)

As a user, I want to edit my crontab. crontab -e gvim is launched. It prints "/tmp/crontab.IUVYhK/crontab" [New DIRECTORY] I can write but as soon as I try to write the temporary file, I get ...
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Pressing $ then Enter adds a newline before the last character, not after

I'm trying to add another line at the end of the last line in the VI editor and I need to go to the very last of the last line (command $) to insert a new line by hitting the enter key. But the cursor ...
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Backward and forward search are reversed with vi mode in zsh

When I enter in vi mode with set -o vi, I enter in command mode, and I touch the key ? it produces a / and the reverse. Is it normal? How can I change this behavior?
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Vi on Xenix: why instead of scroll the line overwrite the current line?

On linux and old Unix (at&t for example) when I scroll the line I see the text on Xenix the current read line is "overwriting" the screen. Look at video,you understand what i'm talking about How ...
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vim - better colors so comments aren't dark blue?

Mostly I edit ruby files, although shell script file comments are also # Currently my comments show as dark blue on black which is really hard to read. See screenshot. How can I change their color? ...
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Cursor position in vi at opening of the file

vishex () { echo '#!/bin/bash' > $1; chmod +x $1; vi $1 } The goal of the above function is to have an alias for fast and comfortable creation of bash scripts. I would like that at ...
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How do I clean up vi and reinstall it completely? [closed]

Basically when I try to run vi, I have the following error (and after open it, there are a lot of errors): Error detected while processing function UltiSnips#bootstrap#Bootstrap: line 35: Traceback ...
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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 move the first line to the end of the file?

How to delete the line AFTER the first line that contains the patter:invHn3ion? and how to move the first line to the end of the file? anywhere i can learn all those expressions? My professor teaches ...
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Why is vi (but not cat) showing ^[[31m[^[[m^[[31m" after I use sed and output to a file I then edit? [closed]

When I use cat Variables/user-extensions.js | sed -e 's/css/XXX/' on an input file of the form storedVars["css_body"] = "css=body"; storedVars["css_main"] = "css=main"; I see output such as ...
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How to pipe the result of a grep search into a new vi file

I'm using grep -e Peugeot -e PeuGeot carlist.txt to search through carlist.txt and pull out some items and I presumed that grep -e Peugeot -e PeuGeot carlist.txt | vi would pipe it through for me but ...
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ex/vi: Input encoding conversion not supported

I've a problem with vi, every time I launched it I get this message: Input encoding conversion not supported; /tmp/vi.PSzqmm9ox9: new file: line 1. Despite of this message I'm able to edit and save ...
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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 vi is used instead of 'vim' in a fair number ...
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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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Faster way to enter in command mode with vi mode in the shell

I want to use the vi mode in bash but I find the ESC key a little bit too far, as for vim. The ideal can be to keep a key pressed, like ALT or the caps lock, to stay in command mode and be in insert ...
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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 ...