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Inside of a variable, a newline is encoded as ^@ which represents a null byte.

In the vim Ex command line it is possible to issue something like substitute(var, '^@', '\\n', 'g'), this produces \n instead which can be passed to e.g. bash cleanly.

However, putting this into a function inside my vimrc breaks horribly with a missing quote E115, so I have to escape it somehow, but I cannot figure out how.

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I've figured out that '\n' can be used in substitute() to refer to the null byte which is used internally to represent an end of line. This solved my problem.

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