In VI, I know that if you do


and hit enter, you will jump to the line specified by "some_number". Is there an equivalent for jumping to a specific character in a single line?

Basically, I have a large csv and there is some characters that are breaking the parser; so I have to debug it.

I'm getting an error message that basically says "unexpected character on line XXX character YYY".

I know how to get to XXX but how do I get to YYY?


I'm not 100% sure of the meaning of the question, but if (for example) you want to find the next 'a' on a line, you'd type 'fa' (in command mode). That finds the next 'a' to the right. 'Fa' would find the next 'a' to the left.

The other way I can interpret your questions is that you want the cursor on a particular column. number| puts the curson on column number in the line the cursor already appears on.

  • I meant the latter. I've updated my question to clarify. – Dave Sep 21 '11 at 15:04
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    Also useful: t/T to go to the character before the given character, and ; to repeat the previous t/T/f/F. – Edd Steel Sep 21 '11 at 17:19
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    And , to go in the opposite direction using the same previous letter. – Ben Jackson Sep 21 '11 at 19:47
  • sry, but the answer is not clear, while the question is. Please tell in details what I have to type exaclty if I am sitting in the line of interest to jump on the specific char number in line. – buddy Nov 5 '18 at 10:07
  • The number, then the | symbol. – Jeff Schaller Nov 5 '18 at 10:47

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