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Questions having to do with the range modifier in ex (command-line) commands.

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Appending text to lines maintaining context

I'm trying to write some script (a function) which I can use to add some additions to a BASH script I'm modifying. This BASH script automates the building of a series of packages. The part of the ...
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Vim: How to open a new tab containing range/selected text from current tab?

I'm in a file and want to copy and edit part of the file content in a new tab temporarily. I know that I can write it in a file using :'<,'> w /tmp/list.txt, then :tabnew /tmp/list.txt. But what ...
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How supply range to normal mode key-binding?

I've created a mapping to a function that accepts a range. Like this: command! -range Test call TestFunc(<range>,<line1>,<line2>) nnoremap <leader>t :Test<CR> How do I ...
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Apply next non-blankline function as one part of multi-part user-command

Why do I seem to get different results when I apply this function from the vim command line than when I apply it as part of a user-command? " advance to next non-blank line only if current line ...
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Print lines between the first "sta" and last "end" (boundaries included); fallback to file boundaries if missing

Requirements In a batch manner, i.e., with ex, vim -e or vim -E, I want to print all lines between line b1 and line b2, boundaries included. b1 is: The first line with a "sta" match, if ...
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How to move marked line to current location

Say I put a mark down somewhere with ma. Then I jump somewhere else, GG3k. I want to move what's at my mark to the current line. I could have just dd'd it if I'd had some forethought, but is it ...
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Yanking range into register while ignoring blank lines

I’m trying to yank a range into a register while ignoring blank lines. My range is from line 10 to the end of the file. :10,$v/./"*y Looking at my registers in :reg I see that my text is not in ...
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Why is my global command coupled with a range command matching more lines than expected?

I have this file over here. <ul class="social-icons"> <li><a href=""><span class="social_linkedin_square"></span></a></...
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Why does a range search ":[range]/pattern/action" not work the same way as ":[range]g/pattern/action"?

Can someone explain why range search :[range]/pattern/action does not work the same way as :[range]g/pattern/action? Also :'a,'b/pattern/action gives a warning that the range is 'backward', even ...
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What does the command option '-range=N' do?

I can't understand the vim help for :command-range, it states -range=N A count (default N) which is specified in the line number position (like :split); allows for zero line ...
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How to check whether a command is run with range or not?

For example, I have the following code command! -range Test call TestFunc() function! TestFunc() abort " if run with range " get selected content " else " get current word under the ...
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Yank inside quotes of a range of lines to a register and separate them with a new line character

I would like to populate a register with the text inside quotes for a range of lines. The register should contain all yanked text separated with new line characters. Example lines: The "black" cat A "...
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Delete blank lines within range

Suppose I have the file: begin asdf asdf end begin asdf end begin asdfasdf end How can I use something like the global command to delete every empty line in between 'begin' and 'end'? :/begin/,...
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How can I use a range as input for an external command without deleting it?

I'm executing an external command that takes as input a range of lines within my file. :'<,'>!copy_stuff Running this runs copy_stuff correctly with the currently selected visual range (and it ...
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How to list the hex range of an a fileencoding in vim?

Is there any way to take a fileencoding setting (for instance utf8 or cp1252) that you might set and find out what it's valid hex range is? When a character falls outside the range, it is displayed ...
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Deleting folds over a range

Working in an index with mucked up manual folds. Would like to delete folds from current line to end of file. Have tried: :.,$zd and :.,$df So far I've just done a visual selection from current ...
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Move/copy range to start of current line

I just learned about the shortcuts that allow you to manipulate ranges, e.g. :+5,+10co. to copy after the current line. I wondered if there is a way to copy and move at the start of the current line? ...
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In Vim ex mode how to re-use a string from the default buffer in the command

I'm trying to modify this file, by extracting the very first line in the file and prepend it to each of the consecutive lines until end of the file black widow card Friday berry I used ex command (...
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Search and replace multiple line items within a range?

The following search command will make a range and search/replace within it. Specifically, it looks for 'first' in the text, then stops when it finds 'second' across multiple lines. Then, within that ...
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Unable to copy line with .co

Since dot (.) is the range indicator for the current line I was expecting :.co to copy the current line, but it does not do this. What am I doing wrong? In contrast :.w my_line.txt will write the ...
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Is it possible to return to normal mode in the middle of a vim command?

By simply calling :(range)g/bob/norm Axxx I can add xxx to the to the end of all lines in range containing bob. Is there a way to return to normal mode after having used A/I/a/i to enter insert mode, ...
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How can I echo the result of function with a range?

If I have a function that takes a range, how can I echo the return value of the function? For example, the following does not work: :echo 2,8call MyFunction()
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Is it possible to copy block (given by range) multiple times in a single command?

Is there a way to copy a few times a given block from command-line mode, e.g. with the :t command? For example, how to copy the two lines (block) above the cursor -2,-1 to the current position ., 3 ...
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specify a range for command but not move cursor

In vim, when executing a command with a range specified, the cursor will move to the end of the range. For example, after 10;+4print, cursor will be at line 14 wherever you run this command. Q1: Is ...
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Using range as argument returns a comparison

I am trying to capture the result returned from a function implementing range as an argument but apparently I get a comparison. With the following code: function! GetNumber() range return 4 ...
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Is it possible to chain multiple ex commands together with a single range?

I often want to move and indent code at the same time. Is it possible to do the following. Original text: 1: var x = foo(); 2: bar(x); Desired text: 1: setTimeout(function(){ 2: var x = foo(); ...
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Is it possible to execute a Normal mode command only on the first/last line of a range?

I want to comment out a piece of code. For instance this snippet: foo bar foo Should become this: <!--foo bar foo--> So I type the following sequence: vap:norm '<i<!--<C-v><...
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Passing visual range to a :command as its argument

I have a command: command! -nargs=1 TmuxSession !tmux.session "<args>" and I want to run it in visual mode so that selected text will be passed as argument. By selected text I mean selected in ...
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How to assign a search range selection into a register?

I'd like to assign the result of search range selection into a register, instead of printing it, e.g.: :/pattern1/;,/pattern2/p What syntax I can use to achieve that?
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How to exclude the ending pattern in a search range?

I've the following content: group1 item1 item2 item3 group2 item4 item5 group3 item6 where I'd like to select all items which belong to group2 using a search range. Here is my approach: ...
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Using more than two line specifiers in an ex-range

Under :help [range] it states: Some Ex commands accept a line range in front of them. This is noted as [range]. It consists of one or more line specifiers, separated with ',' or ';'. I am ...
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Current line after :3,7call XYZ()

Executing:3,7y does not change the line which contains the cursor (line('.')). This is what I expected. However, when I execute :3,7call XYZ(), the current line goes to the third line. I didn't ...
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How to avoid 'Backwards range given' warning when invoking search range?

I've got the following sample HTML code: <html><body> <table class="foo"> <tr><td>1</td></tr> <tr><td>2</td></tr> <tr><td>...
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How to highlight a search range?

I'd like to test the range pattern, same as Vim highlights the text while searching (e.g. :/), but for the range command instead. So in other words, instead of executing: :/<head/,/\/head>/d ...
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How to pipe *characters* to cmd ( `:!` ) [duplicate]

It is possible to pipe visually selected lines (i.e. selected with uppercase V) using :, after which I can enter a command in vim's command line, e.g.: :'<,'>!python -m base64 -d I'd like to ...
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onoremap: defining a bounded region

I want to craft a custom operator-pending motion if for functions in R language that look like this: doSomething <- function(arg1, arg2, ...) { doStuff(...) } The idea is to be able to press ...
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How to filter discontinuous line sets through an external program (Is it possible to combine :g global command with :range! external program filter)?

Say you have some text like this: ## countries, primary United States,Washington,North America Canada,Ottawa,North America Australia,Canberra,Oceania ## countries, secondary France,Paris,Europe Japan,...
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Define range as: "from first line matching to last line matching a given pattern"

Considerthis text with shopping and todo list First thing in the morning - call Bob - buy carrots - buy bread - text Charlie - buy butter - email Alice only then start the day What I am looking for ...
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Act on lines changed by previous command

Is there a way to target the set of lines changed in the previous command? Say I do a search and replace, bulk indent, or some other command that affects either a series or scattered collection of ...
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specifying a range the last of which is the penultimate line

I have 69 files in which I want to prepend lines 5 to penultimate with a short string. How could I address the penultimate line? :5,61s/^/X/g would do it if I manually look up that the last line is 62,...
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Applying changes to lines in alternating modes

I know I can apply changes to multiple lines by selecting the lines in visual mode (I use ctrl-v) and defining the set of actions and the mode to start in (e.g. norma A, will add a comma at the end of ...
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Invert range selection

I can remove the last 10 lines like this: ex -sc '-9,d|x' f.txt However, I would like to invert the selection, or remove all lines except the last 10. Is this possible?
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How to search and format a text range?

I want to format a block of text and I am using a range to select the leading comment of a function. It's all lines starting with // .... I'm using the range :?^[^\/][^\/]?+1,/^[^\/][^\/]/-1 to ...
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Replace a series of asterisk bullet points with a numbered list

Imagine I have the following text: some random stuff * asdf * foo * bar some other random stuff I want to replace the asterisk bullets with numbers, like so: some random stuff 1. asdf 2. foo 3. bar ...
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Can my mapping/function detect when count/range 1 is given instead of none?

I have a key mapped to a command which runs a function, and I would like to detect whether it has been passed a range (prefixed with a count) or not. The difficultly is that I need to be able to ...
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Search and replace in vimscript using a range?

I was wondering how it is that I would place VIMScript variable values in my regex range and also in the replacement portion of my regex? function! GoogleFormsStep(startnum, endnum) let x = ...
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Creating a Vim function mapping that takes a count

I'm trying to create a function mapping that takes a count, in this case the number of lines to yank to the system clipboard. func! Clipboard() echo 'Clipboard function called' if v:count is 0 ...
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