Moving Text In vi(1) To Another File
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Sat Aug 30 07:18:13 UTC 2014
On Sat, 30 Aug 2014 08:06:50 +0100, Jamie Griffin wrote:
> On 29/08/2014 12:51, Rodney Lewis wrote:
> > There are several ways to do this but I prefer the old ex commands.
> > It's just the way my brain works.
> > First I enable visible line numbers so I know what's where.
> > :set nu
> > You can then use the following to write out to a new file.
> > Select lines 10 to 30
> > :10,30w ~/newfile
> > Or append lines 45 to 66 to newfile
> > :45,66w >>~/newfile
> > To copy text chunks around a file
> > Copy line 45,66 and insert at line 90
> > :45,66co90
> > Or substitute mo to move it
> > :45,66mo90
> > You can also use d to delete chunks of text
> > Delete line 78 to 88
> > :78,88d
> > Hope this helps
> > Rodney
> Hi to everyone who contributed, thanks for these tips - they are very
> helpful. I'm reorganising a large configuration file and I want to
> modularise it by separating elements into sub-sections so being able to
> add sections of text to existing files is necessary.
This is easy to remember and consistent with the logic and the
workflow of vi / ex. I will add this to restoring my vi skills. :-)
Note that the joe idea I mentioned was more of an interactive
approach, while the vi solution is more explicit (enable line
numbers, then use then - instead of navigating in the source
text, marking the beginning and the end of the selection).
Also the more direct way of "write to a file" will make the
whole task easier (and therefore faster to perform). An
andvantage of the joe idea might be that you can "spend more
interactive time in the files", if that is needed (for example
to add or modify text).
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