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# 1  
Old 12-05-2001
vi editor

sorry for this simple question.
I could not find information about it elsewhere.

well, I would like to yank some text from a file through the vi and write the yanked text into another file. how to do that?

# 2  
Old 12-05-2001
hi sskb,
try this out.

go to the line starting from where you want to yank. and do the following.

5 lines are stored in the buffer x
and use to store to a file

:w filename
this stores the content to buffer to the file.

hope this helps.
# 3  
Old 12-05-2001
thanks anent, but it does not seem to work.
i tried it but it created a new file rahter.

# 4  
Old 12-05-2001
Text files are source_file and dest_file.
Execute the following commands

vi source_file
<shift>: vi dest_file (hold shift key and the colon key)

use <CTRL>6 (hold control key and press 6)

to switch between the files.

Now, make sure you are in source_file and position the cursor on the data you want to yank. Then yank to a buffer the letters or words you want to transfer.

i.e. If you want to yank the next 5 words into a cut buffer, type y5w. Then type <CTRL>6 to go dest_file. Position the cursor where you want the text pasted, and press p to put after cursor, or P to put before cursor.

If you will be going back and forth between files, you will have to write changes to dest_file each time you leave it.
# 5  
Old 12-05-2001
thanks wizard,
It works for words.
I need to do the same with lines.
Could I have more info on the different options on this?
# 6  
Old 12-05-2001
Yank the current line: yy
yank 5 lines starting from current: 5yy
(substitute any number you like)
yank from cursor to end of line: y$
yank from cursor to beginning of line: y^

substitute y for d to delete and yank at the same time. substitute y for c to delete text and immediately enter insert mode.
# 7  
Old 12-05-2001
thanks PxT, but I am unable to paste lines.
eventhough i used the same 5yy where the paste works for the same file, it does work for the new file(dest_file).
I observed that y5w works for 5 words and y5l works for 5 characters. In the same way, I need for 5 lines.

thanks in advanceSmilie
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