This is my first-post and question here so please be gentle (but also tell me if, it I wasn't specific enough etc...)
So my questions seems rather simple to me, but still blocks me and I can't find anything in the net helping me (for the first time in my life kind of..)
I simply have to edit many (~100) files. I have to search a certain string, change it and copy a certain amount of lines after that string to another file.
Instead of writing some sort of parser that reads the whole file (with python or similar) I found it quite convenient to use the
-E mode of vim inside a bash script to do the job.
So what I do is, to write all the commands that I want vim to execute to a script and then source it to vim. The script looks like this:
:%s/string/string$i/g #Search the string append a running number to it V # Go to visiual line mode 19j # Jump 19 lines y # yank the lines :vs output.file # open the file where I need to copy the lines G # go to the end p # pass the lines :wqa # save and close everything
However, this works only in the normal vim mode e.G. if I execute vim like this
vim -s vim.scr file-to-edit
which is quite annoying because every time a file is edited a vim window is opened.
It doesn't work, if I use -E mode like
vim -E -s file-to-edit < vim.scr
vim -E -s -c "source vim.scr" file-to-edit
From the documentation I understand that the Ex modes only executes colon commands (which makes sense, that it doesn't execute the visual ones..)
*41.1* Introduction *vim-script-intro* *script* Your first experience with Vim scripts is the vimrc file. Vim reads it when it starts up and executes the commands. You can set options to values you prefer. And you can use any colon command in it (commands that start with a ":"; these are sometimes referred to as Ex commands or command-line commands).
So my question basically is, how can I replace all the non-colon commands in my script above to make
vim -E -s [...], to do what I want?
Thanks for your help!