Vi - insert a tab between words?


 
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Vi - insert a tab between words?

I have several lines in a file that I want to replace a space with a tab.

For example:

111047 [tab] Julie Jones email@email.com

111047 [tab] Julie Jones [tab] email@email.com

I want to replace the space after the word "jones" with a tab.

How do I achieve that in Vi?

Please assist.

Thanks!
# 2  
Run below in VI command mode:-
Code:
:%s/Jones /Jones[tab]/g

Note: press key: Tab (highlighted) after string: Jones for replacement.
# 3  
So if i have multiple lines with different names, how do I achieve that?

Thanks much!
# 4  
You can use awk instead to put a tab before last column email id:-
Code:
awk ' { email=$NF; gsub(email,"\t"email,$NF); print $0 } ' input_file

# 5  
Do you know how I could also achieve this in Vi?

Thanks!
# 6  
try:
Code:
:1,$s/ \([^ ]*@\)/\t\1/

 

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