I am writing a function and I wish to yank a range of lines into a register. The line that I cannot fix is the following:

let @" = getline(l:line_in,l:line_out)

where l:line_in and l:line out are line numbers. The error that I get is E730: Using a List as a String. In my understanding, the problem relies in getline(a,b) that returns a list with all the lines between line number a and line number b, but then how shall I convert it to fit into a register?

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You can use the join() function to join an array to a string:

let @" = getline(l:line_in, l:line_out)->join("\n")

In this case, you probably want to join them by newlines as text; alternatively, you can use the string() function to get the representation as an array literal ([…]):

let @" = getline(l:line_in, l:line_out)->string()

This can be useful for debugging things and such. printf() is also useful for this.


:echo getline(1, 3)->join("\n")
/* vi:set ts=8 sts=4 sw=4 noet:
 * VIM - Vi IMproved    by Bram Moolenaar

:echo getline(1, 3)->string()
['/* vi:set ts=8 sts=4 sw=4 noet:', ' *', ' * VIM - Vi IMproved by Bram Moolenaar']
  • Many thanks! join is what I needed!
    – Barzi2001
    Oct 2, 2022 at 19:42
  • Possibly :help setreg() is better
    – D. Ben Knoble
    Oct 3, 2022 at 0:20

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