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I've got a program that spits out multi-line messages separated with something other than a newline. I want these messages to show in the quickfix and location lists spanning multiple lines as intended. What character can I replace the separator with to get that result? For example, setqflist([{'text': "1\r2"}]) prints 1^M2 on a single line. What character can I use to get two lines?

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It can depend on your system. Some characters may be right on one system and not work at all on another. Between Macintosh, Windows, and Unix/Linux, there are three different types of carriage returns.

\n may work for you. You could also try them both together: \n\r (I think that's the right way, but you could also try it reversed)

Alternately, you can instruct Vim to use a particular kind of carriage return, no matter what system you are on, by playing with the fileformat (abbreviated as ff) option:

set ff=dos for example switches to the Windows formatting when it reads the file or buffer. You can re-read a file you already have open in a different format by using this command:

:e ++ff=unix

You may have to play around with it and see what works best.

For far more detail, see this page on the Vim wiki.

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