I have this in my vimrc:

" Export text under the cursor
noremap <leader>e :w! >><Space>

This allows me to select text using visual mode, press leader e, type a file name, and append the text under the cursor to that file.

I would like to also have the text under the cursor be deleted from the current file as part of this command, but I don't know how to accomplish that.

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It seems you are using this mapping line-wise by selecting lines with V before executing <leader>e. This is worth a command in my opinion.

command! -range=% -nargs=1 -complete=file MoveTo
        \ <line1>,<line2>write! >> <args> | <line1>,<line2>d_
  • -range=% to allow a range, if none, consider the whole buffer
  • -nargs=1 -complete=file accept one argument and allow file completion for it
  • MoveTo name of the command...
  • <line1>,<line2>write! >> <args> append lines from the range to the given argument
  • | <line1>,<line2>d_ then delete the lines in the black hole register so that they aren't copied in ""


xnoremap <leader>e :MoveTo<Space>
nnoremap <leader>e :MoveTo<Space>

:h user-commands, :h quote_

  • Thanks! This as even better functionality that I anticipated and I appreciate your explanation. I have been using ed recently and I have been interested in learning ex mode to replace it.
    – jsb
    Commented Aug 8, 2019 at 1:11
  • Note that I added the =% to -range to be consistent with your original mapping, but a maybe more intuitive definition could be simply -range to apply on the current line by default in normal mode.
    – perelo
    Commented Aug 8, 2019 at 9:06

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