Sunday, March 27, 2016

VI Editor common operations

My commonly used vi shortcut keys:

File operations
:qQuit VIThis will exit VI editor
:q!Force quitThis will exit VI editor even if buffers are dirty
:wSave current bufferSave currently active buffer
:bdKill current buffer
:set nowrapDon't wrap text
:set numberShow line number
:set nuShow line number (short hand)
Text Operations
vStart Visual Mode(for copying)
yYank/copy selected text
yyCopy line
2yCopy 2 lines from the cursor
pPaste _after_ the current line
PPaste _before_ the current line
xDelete char under the cursor
dwDelete the word under the cursorThis will also delete the space after it
3dwDelete 3 wordsThis will also delete the space after it
ddDelete lineDeletes the entire line
0Jump to beginning of line
$Jump to end of line
bMove to the beginning of the word
eMove to the end of the word (punctuation considered part of the word)
geJump to previous word ending
gEJump to previous word ending, ignore punctuation
ggStart of file
GEnd of file
21GGo to line 22
Search and Replace
/{string}{ENTER}Search for string
:%s/foo/bar/gSearch for foo and replace with bar in the current buffer
Note** run vimdiff file1 file2
]cJump to the next difference
[cJump to the previous difference
doCopy line diff from _right_ buffer to the _left_ buffer
dpCopy line diff from _left_ buffer to the _right_ buffer

VIM Introduction and Tutorial (link)
VI Cheat Sheet (link)
VIM Tips (link)
Code Merging with VIM (link)

1 comment:

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