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Old 10-28-2007
Why is my buffer empty in vi?

this question is probably trivial to most of you but i do not have the answer.

the task is simple...
yank 7 lines of text from one file and paste them to another

so while in command mode i enter
"b7yy and i get 7 lines yanked
exit vi with :q!
open the new file
while in command mode i type "bp then i get buffer b is empty

whats the deal? why isnt the 7 lines getting yanked into my buffer?
# 2  
Old 10-28-2007
Perhaps it's because you exited VI.

Try using ":e filename" to open the other file while still in VI.
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Old 10-28-2007
thats actually a new command i hadnt seen yet

thank you
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