what is the most efficient regex (vim/perl) to replace 10 'a' characters with 1 'c' character followed by 100 'b' characters?

this does not work: :%s/a{10}/\=repeat('c',1)\=repeat('b',100)/g

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This can be done with :%s/a\{10}/\=repeat('c',1).repeat('b',100)/g

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    even shorter: %s/a\{10}/\='c'.repeat('b',100) Commented Nov 23, 2018 at 15:53
  • the 'dot' concatenation did the trick. Commented Nov 24, 2018 at 17:58

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