Vim Tips

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A collection of vim tips

Format visual selection to 80 characters

gq

Convert tabs to spaces

:retab

Substitute string with a period/dot in it

I wanted to replaced all instances of “f.” with “sf.”, my first stab was :%s/f./sf./ggg

However this made a right mess of the text, a quick chat with jamessan& on freenode#vim reveraled that the first parameter is a regex, and a period in a regex means any character, oops. The answer he pointed out is to escape the period with a backslash, so :%s/f\./sf./ggg

& Gender assumed based on username containing a male first name.

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