but VIM will search for \\/\ instead.

So is there any way I can do this in Vim?

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    :%s/\\\\/\\/g double them up, eh? – wbogacz May 10 at 1:55
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    When working with \ or /, I often use # as a delimiter for the substitute command because this is more easy to grasp visually (I feel), i.e. :s#\\\\#\\#g – Rolf May 29 at 6:26

In s/\\\/\\/:

  1. the first \ escapes the second \;
  2. the second \ is escaped, so it's no longer special; and
  3. the third \ isn't escaped, so it escapes the / after it.

So you need to escape the third \ like the second was:

  • thanks!! It worked. but in '\\\\/', why the 4th '\' isn't escaped by the 1st '\' like the 2nd and the 3rd one? in vim, how many character will be escaped by '\' exactly? – Teddy C May 10 at 8:03
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    Usually, \ escapes the next character, unless it is itself escaped by a \ . There are a lot of exceptions. See :h pattern-atoms for some of those – muru May 10 at 9:04
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    @TeddyC The 3rd \ isn't escaped by the 1st. The 2nd is escaped by the 1st and the 4th is escaped by the 3rd. – Rich May 10 at 14:55

1 means the first line and $ means till the last one. each \\ means \, and \/ removes the / as divider, here you have your syntax error.

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    :%s/from/to/g may be better. % means all lines in the file – Teddy C May 12 at 2:48
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    What OP posted isn't a syntax error though. :s/\\\/\\/g uses \\\/\\ as the pattern and g as the replacement. (A trailing / is implied.) – muru May 13 at 5:23
  • @muru I thought that the trailing / was mandatory. – Hola Soy Edu Feliz Navidad May 13 at 15:31

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