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Old 07-14-2009
Search for string between specific lines of code in vi

Hi,
I am on an AIX Unix box and I am trying to search for a string in between specified lines of code when I vi a file. I can use the '/string' to search for the string through out the file, but can we only search in between specific lines.

I can use the below sed command to search for the string between line numbers 1594 and 1857, but I was curious to know if there is any other way I could do the same when I vi the file ?
Code:
sed -n "1594,1857p" name.ksh | grep string | more

Looking forward to learn new stuff from all of you. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thanks,
Coolavi

Last edited by Yogesh Sawant; 07-15-2009 at 02:57 AM.. Reason: added code tags
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Old 07-14-2009
I think the best you may be able to do is something like:
Code:
:1594;/string/

But that won't stop at 1857

Last edited by Yogesh Sawant; 07-15-2009 at 02:57 AM.. Reason: added code tags
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Old 07-15-2009
in command mode:
Code:
/\%>1549l\%<1857lstring

then, press n to repeat this search
# 4  
Old 07-15-2009
Thanks for your response cjcox and Yogesh.

Yogesh, I tried using code /\%>1549l\%<1857lstring in vi command mode and I am getting the following error:

E71: Invalid character after \%


Any suggestions ?

Thanks,
coolavi
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Old 07-15-2009
Looks like you have a | for the 1 in his example.
# 6  
Old 07-16-2009
My bad!

Yogesh, it works like a charm. I mis-interpreted the alphabet 'l' (lower case L as in long) as 1.
nj78, thanks for pointing out the mistake.


Also, can one of you guys interpret this, as to how you were able to work it out? I think learning and understanding the concept is the more important than just getting the result.

Thanks,
coolavi
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Old 07-16-2009
 
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