I am creating a script that grabs all links from a web page's source code. I would like to call Vim from a bash script and the easiest way for me to do that is to use a vim script.

I have a file called 'script.vim':


I am deleting every line without https and the norm command is being used to remove all text that is not inside double quotes & containing https.

Everything works except the ^M and I'm not sure how to go about replacing that in the script file.

For extra info, I'm calling the script file like so: vim websitecode.txt -s script.vim

Simply put, I need a replacement for ^M so the norm command will work in a script.

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As a replacement of:


I would propose you:

:exe '%norm!/https' . "\<CR>" . 'di"Vp'

The "" converts escpaped sequence \<CR> into ^M.

  • 1
    It's working, but oddly enough it seems to only be removing one line at a time. Any idea how to fix that?
    – ex7lted
    Aug 30, 2022 at 15:25
  • My mistake :-| I forgot % to range over all the lines ;-) Aug 30, 2022 at 15:26
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    Haha I totally wasn't thinking about it either. Thank you so much
    – ex7lted
    Aug 30, 2022 at 15:36

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