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Old 10-26-2002
"pattern not found" ???

When editing/viewing files with the vi editor, whenever I try to exit I get a "pattern not found" message. This message occurs even if I just open the file and try to close it without changing anything. Does anyone know why this is happening? It doesn't matter what file it is.

- Brad
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Old 10-26-2002

What key sequence are you using to exit vi?

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Old 10-26-2002
i've tried wq! and q!
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Old 10-26-2002
You might not be hitting the <escape> <shift> <colon> to get into "vi command mode"...... (the mode on the bottom with the ":" symbol) You would get a 'pattern not found' error if you were accidentally in a search mode (the mode with a "/" with <escape> <backslash> ).

Just a thought.
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Old 10-26-2002
The full sequence from visual mode is:
It sounds like you are using:
which would search your file for "wq!". You can also do:
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Old 10-26-2002
yes there is a front slash at the command line. The <escape><shift><colon> worked. Thanks!

- Brad
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