This is my simple script of vim


%norm f^ID
%norm $i,
%!awk '{ for (i=1;i<=NF;i++ ) printf $i " " }'

The first line delete all after the tab(^I) the second add a "," after every line the third convert line to column. If I used the three separate commands is perfect But when I did

:source myscript.vim

Only the second and third command are applied,the first with tab character no. Why?

2 Answers 2


If the ^I is the two characters ^ and I, then the first command would look for the character ^ and insert (I) a D at the start of those lines.

You should insert a literal tab character (with Ctrl+V Tab) where you now have ^ and I.

Alternatively, just use (something like)

%!cut -f 1 | awk -v ORS=', ' '{ print }'

This picks out the first tab-delimited column with the cut and then reformats the resulting rows into comma-space-separated columns.

Shorter, but just commas (not comma-space) between the resulting columns:

%!cut -f 1 | tr '\n' ','
  • Works fine,I have also found another alternative solution
    – elbarna
    Commented Nov 11, 2018 at 22:37

Alternate solution found,instead of enter the ^I, I simply enter ..a tab pressed after f (f+TAB D) So my script now is

#the space after f is not a space,is a tab so press tab

%norm f D
%norm $i,
%!awk '{ for (i=1;i<=NF;i++ ) printf $i " " }'

Tested and works perfectly.

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