Deletes the next line containing pattern.
Deletes the line below the next line containing
(You could also use
+1 instead of
Deletes from the next line (after the current line) that contains pattern1 through the next following line that contains pattern2.
Takes text from current line (
.) through the next
line containing pattern and puts it after line 23.
Note that patterns are delimited by a slash both before and after.
If you make deletions by pattern with vi and ex, there is a difference in the way the two editors operate. Suppose you have in your file practice the lines:
With a screen editor you can scroll the page, move the cursor, delete lines, insert characters and more, while seeing results of your edits as you make them.
With a screen editor you can scroll the page, move the cursor, while seeing results of your edits as you make them.
The vi delete to pattern command deletes from the cursor up to the word while but leaves the remainder of both lines.
With a screen editor you can scroll the of your edits as you make them.
The ex command deletes the entire range of addressed lines; in this case both the current line and the line containing the pattern. All lines are deleted in their entirety.
In vi you use a
/ (slash) to search for
patterns of characters in your files. By contrast, ex has a
g, that lets you search for
a pattern and display all lines containing the pattern when it finds
:g! does the opposite of
:g! (or its synonym
:v) to search for all lines that
do not contain pattern.
You can use the global command on all lines in the file, or you can use line addresses to limit a global search to specified lines or to a range of lines.
Finds (moves to) the last occurrence of pattern in the file.
Finds and displays all lines in the file containing pattern.
Finds and displays all lines in the file that don't contain pattern; also displays line number for each line found.
Finds and displays any lines between lines 60 and 124 containing pattern.
g can also be used for global replacements.
For example, to search for all lines that begin with
change the first word
not on those lines to
- from O'Reilly & Associates' Learning the vi Editor, Chapter 5