cdevers at pobox.com
Wed Mar 26 01:46:32 GMT 2008
On Mar 25, 2008, at 9:31 PM, Chris Devers wrote:
> 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
>> 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.
> 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.
Actually, even then I'd cheat.
Cursor is on the 'b'. Hit [i<return><esc>] to add a line-break there.
Go to the next line ("brown:fox:jumped...").
Strip out all the colons on the newly formed line, which just happens
to start where you wanted to start.
Go back to the previous line, ending in ("The:quick:"). Hit [j] to
concatenate the next line back onto this one.
There are surely smarter ways to do this, but they're smarter than I
am. This took less thinking.
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