cdevers at pobox.com
Wed Mar 26 01:31:08 GMT 2008
On Mar 25, 2008, at 8:12 PM, asmith9983 at gmail.com wrote:
> I have the following file contents which I'm editing with vim:-
> 1 The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog.
> 2 The:quick:brown:fox:jumped:over:the:lazy:dog.
> 3 The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog.
> 4 The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog.
> 5 The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog.
> I want to place my cursor on the b of brown on line 2, and with a
> command change all the colons(:) to end of line, to a space( ).
> Obviously its a change to end
> of line only, so a g substitute modifier is no good. I've also tried
> selecting to end of line with v, visual mode, then applying !
> operator with
> sed -e 's/:/ /', but it didn't work.
> Anybody got an idea that'll work.
I _started_ to do a crazy regex substitute thingy, before realizing
that it was far more work than it would be to just edit it by hand. So
This is much simpler:
It'll offer to swap all the colons for spaces (all lines, all
instances) asking for confirmation each time. Say [n]o to the first
two, then [y]es to the rest of them. Done.
If you're giving a simplified example of something more complex, maybe
a more complex solution closer to what you asked for would be in
order. But the above is how I'd solve it as you specified it.
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