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Q&A How to make selection and overwrite from register all from ex mode

MWE line 1 line 2 line 3 line 4 line 5 line 6 line 7 Go to "line 4": /line 4 ENT. Delete into register: dd. Replace everything with register using only ex mode. (Non-ex equivalent: gg...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by mcp‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by Quasímodo‭

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#4: Post edited by user avatar mcp‭ · 2022-10-28T16:48:39Z (over 1 year ago)
Add final output
  • # MWE
  • ```txt
  • line 1
  • line 2
  • line 3
  • line 4
  • line 5
  • line 6
  • line 7
  • ```
  • 1. Go to "line 4": `/line 4` `ENT`.
  • 2. Delete into register: `dd`.
  • 3. Replace everything with register using only ex mode. (Non-ex equivalent: `gg` `V` `G` `p`.)
  • # Problem
  • I am uncertain how to proceed with Step 3. I would assume it's something
  • like `:-3,+2v | p`, with relative line numbering, but that doesn't work.
  • # Notes
  • I understand in this example you can take the approach of deleting
  • everything but line 4, but that's not what I'm looking for. This is just
  • an example, the use case is more complex.
  • # MWE
  • ```txt
  • line 1
  • line 2
  • line 3
  • line 4
  • line 5
  • line 6
  • line 7
  • ```
  • 1. Go to "line 4": `/line 4` `ENT`.
  • 2. Delete into register: `dd`.
  • 3. Replace everything with register using only ex mode. (Non-ex equivalent: `gg` `V` `G` `p`.)
  • ```txt
  • line 4
  • ```
  • # Problem
  • I am uncertain how to proceed with Step 3. I would assume it's something
  • like `:-3,+2v | p`, with relative line numbering, but that doesn't work.
  • # Notes
  • I understand in this example you can take the approach of deleting
  • everything but line 4, but that's not what I'm looking for. This is just
  • an example, the use case is more complex.
#3: Post edited by user avatar mcp‭ · 2022-10-28T16:45:01Z (over 1 year ago)
Make intention clearer
  • # MWE
  • ```txt
  • line 1
  • line 2
  • line 3
  • line 4
  • line 5
  • line 6
  • line 7
  • ```
  • 1. Go to "line 4": `/line 4` `ENT`.
  • 2. Delete into register: `dd`.
  • 3. Replace everything with register using only ex mode.
  • # Problem
  • I am uncertain how to proceed with Step 3. I would assume it's something
  • like `:-3,+2v | p`, with relative line numbering, but that doesn't work.
  • # Notes
  • I understand in this example you can take the approach of deleting
  • everything but line 4, but that's not what I'm looking for. This is just
  • an example, the use case is more complex.
  • # MWE
  • ```txt
  • line 1
  • line 2
  • line 3
  • line 4
  • line 5
  • line 6
  • line 7
  • ```
  • 1. Go to "line 4": `/line 4` `ENT`.
  • 2. Delete into register: `dd`.
  • 3. Replace everything with register using only ex mode. (Non-ex equivalent: `gg` `V` `G` `p`.)
  • # Problem
  • I am uncertain how to proceed with Step 3. I would assume it's something
  • like `:-3,+2v | p`, with relative line numbering, but that doesn't work.
  • # Notes
  • I understand in this example you can take the approach of deleting
  • everything but line 4, but that's not what I'm looking for. This is just
  • an example, the use case is more complex.
#2: Post edited by user avatar mcp‭ · 2022-08-26T15:30:41Z (almost 2 years ago)
Specify ex mode in problem statement
  • # MWE
  • ```txt
  • line 1
  • line 2
  • line 3
  • line 4
  • line 5
  • line 6
  • line 7
  • ```
  • 1. Go to "line 4": `/line 4` `ENT`.
  • 2. Delete into register: `dd`.
  • 3. Replace everything with register.
  • # Problem
  • I am uncertain how to proceed with Step 3. I would assume it's something
  • like `:-3,+2v | p`, with relative line numbering, but that doesn't work.
  • # Notes
  • I understand in this example you can take the approach of deleting
  • everything but line 4, but that's not what I'm looking for. This is just
  • an example, the use case is more complex.
  • # MWE
  • ```txt
  • line 1
  • line 2
  • line 3
  • line 4
  • line 5
  • line 6
  • line 7
  • ```
  • 1. Go to "line 4": `/line 4` `ENT`.
  • 2. Delete into register: `dd`.
  • 3. Replace everything with register using only ex mode.
  • # Problem
  • I am uncertain how to proceed with Step 3. I would assume it's something
  • like `:-3,+2v | p`, with relative line numbering, but that doesn't work.
  • # Notes
  • I understand in this example you can take the approach of deleting
  • everything but line 4, but that's not what I'm looking for. This is just
  • an example, the use case is more complex.
#1: Initial revision by user avatar mcp‭ · 2022-08-26T15:29:54Z (almost 2 years ago)
How to make selection and overwrite from register all from ex mode
# MWE
```txt
line 1
line 2
line 3
line 4
line 5
line 6
line 7
```

1. Go to "line 4": `/line 4` `ENT`.
2. Delete into register: `dd`.
3. Replace everything with register.

# Problem
I am uncertain how to proceed with Step 3. I would assume it's something
like `:-3,+2v | p`, with relative line numbering, but that doesn't work.

# Notes
I understand in this example you can take the approach of deleting
everything but line 4, but that's not what I'm looking for. This is just
an example, the use case is more complex.