I have a vim script that does the following:

normal 3f,
normal lvnh"+y

But if I search for anything other than /,/ before hand, the n in normal lvnh"+y matches whatever I searched for last instead of the intended ,.

So why does it do this, and how do I get it to search for a , instead? Not a search and replace, but just a search for a ,?

  • why do you want your n to do anything else? I think you need to search again for /,/ before using n
    – nobe4
    Apr 26, 2016 at 13:57
  • @Nobe4 Because I want to say on the same line and select to the next ,
    – leeand00
    Apr 26, 2016 at 13:59
  • I'm not sure I understand, do you want to stay on the same line ?
    – nobe4
    Apr 26, 2016 at 14:01
  • @Nobe4 Yes, I'm in a CSV and trying to switch to visual mode and select from the character I'm at to the next matched , in the line.
    – leeand00
    Apr 26, 2016 at 14:06
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    @leeand00 I think you confused n which allows to repeat the last search made via / and ; which allows to repeat the last f movement.
    – statox
    Apr 26, 2016 at 14:06

1 Answer 1


You confused nwhich repeat the last search (made via / or ?) and ; which allows to repeat the last f, F, t or T movement.

As a bonus n and ; go forward while N and , go backward.

See :h n and :h ; as references.

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