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Old 12-10-2003
vi search & replace functions

I'm trying to do a global search and replace in vi. I am trying to replace a string, call it "BOB" with a carriage return and can't seem to find a reference to it.

Command syntax s%/BOB/???/g

What would I substitute the "???" with?
# 2  
Old 12-10-2003
I guess you can try the following

:%s/BOB/^V<Carriage Return>/

here carriage return is the carriage return key

I tried this and it worked for me. hope it does for u too
# 3  
Old 12-10-2003
Thanks, the carriage return key didn't work, but using the ^V followed by ^M worked fine. Thanks....db
# 4  
Old 12-10-2003
hit the ctrl key + v then hit the carriage return.
# 5  
Old 12-11-2003
Probably worth noting that <control>-v is used to escape and specify literal characters.

O'Reilly is giving away (for free), pdf copies of "Unix Text Processing" by Dale Dougherty and Tim O'Reilly. It was good when published in 1987 and is still worth looking at today. Hayden, the original publisher, took the book out of print, but Dale and Tim retained the copyright and have decided to make it available.

http://www.oreilly.com/openbook/utp/

Cheers,

Keith
# 6  
Old 12-11-2003
Very helpful, thanks....db
# 7  
Old 12-11-2003
Quote:
Originally posted by kduffin
O'Reilly is giving away (for free), pdf copies of "Unix Text Processing" by Dale Dougherty and Tim O'Reilly. It was good when published in 1987 and is still worth looking at today. Hayden, the original publisher, took the book out of print, but Dale and Tim retained the copyright and have decided to make it available.

http://www.oreilly.com/openbook/utp/

Cheers,

Keith
Thanks keith, I got one for myself Smilie
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