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Old 03-11-2002
delete all lines in file

how can i delete all lines in file by using "vi" ?
# 2  
Old 03-11-2002
You can use following in escape mode to delete all lines from a file.

# 3  
Old 03-11-2002
Or, you could enter on line one:


and that would delete to the end of the file.
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Old 03-11-2002
If you want to delete ALL the lines, don't bother with vi.

$ cat /dev/null > /tmp/the-file-I-want-nothing-in.txt

This will keep you out of vi and delete all the lines.
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Old 03-11-2002
...Or if you're using ksh, the command

> /tmp/the-file-I-want-nothing-in.txt

will create a null file.
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Old 03-11-2002
touch a_new_empty_file.txt

will create a null file, or will change the last_access_time on that file.

> the_file_I_want_nothing_in.txt

will both empty a full file or create a null file. -mk
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Old 03-11-2002
$ echo > file
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