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Emptying a text file in one shot

Terminal - Emptying a text file in one shot
:1,$d
2009-03-28 02:28:19
User: acirulli
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Emptying a text file in one shot

Within vi allow to empty a text file in one shot

Alternatives

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Terminal - Alternatives
:%d
2010-07-15 20:03:21
User: Vilemirth
Tags: vim vi
11

% = buffer

d = delete

ggdG
2009-08-19 11:40:55
User: slim
Tags: vim vi
-1

deletes to the end of the buffer

:!>test.txt

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Or, you can do it without pressing your shift key. In command mode:

ggdG
Comment by atoponce 264 weeks and 5 days ago

If you use bash, you can use this shortcut:

> filename
Comment by DNSpyder 264 weeks and 5 days ago

You can use % instead of 1,$.

:%d
Comment by cammarin 264 weeks and 5 days ago

atoponce: this only works in vim, not in vi.

Comment by lme 264 weeks and 5 days ago

You also need the shift key to type a capital G. Well, not necessarily but it's certainly the quickest way.

Comment by TheMightyBuzzard 264 weeks and 5 days ago

@DNSpyder: they mean inside vi/vim

Comment by roebek 264 weeks and 5 days ago

without any doubt it works also on vi....

also :%d is cool ;) thx cammarin

Comment by acirulli 264 weeks and 5 days ago

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