I have the file with below content:

char  abc[35+1];
char  abc[35+1];
char a_wo_011[35+1];

I want to replace the [35+1] with say ABC But its not working. I am able to search the pattern with below command:


But if I try to replace it , it is not working:


I even tried tripple \\ from other post. Can you please advise what am I doing wrong and how to fix it? Thanks.

1 Answer 1


You need to escape [ instead of ] to indicate to Vim that you are not matching a collection of atoms but a litteral [

This should do the job:


See :h /collection

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    I tried everything but that. Thanks a lot for helping me. Will accept the answer after 5 minute limit. :) and thanks for explanation too Dec 4, 2018 at 16:32
  • @ForeverLearner you should read :h magic, this will make it easier to avoid explicitly escaping characters with special meaning. For example /\V[35+1]/ would work Dec 4, 2018 at 18:38

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