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Create a series of incrementing numbers in vim

Terminal - Create a series of incrementing numbers in vim
:.,$!perl -pne 'for $i ("0001".."0004"){ s/XXXX/$i/ if($i == $.) }'
2010-02-11 03:56:26
User: bartonski
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Create a series of incrementing numbers in vim

given lines of the form

123|XXXX|1000

...

123|XXXX|1011

each 'XXXX' will be replaced with a serial number between 0001 and 0004.

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That doesn't work for me.

If I want to print numbers :

:.!printf '\%s\n' {0..100}
Comment by sputnick 284 weeks and 6 days ago

Sputnick,

The point of my command isn't just creating a series of numbers, but also replacing all occurrences of 'XXXX' within a selected text area in vim with serial numbers.

What happens when you run this:

echo "fooXXXXbar" | perl -pne 'for $i ("0001".."0004"){ s/XXXX/$i/ if($i == $.) }'
Comment by bartonski 284 weeks and 6 days ago

foo0001bar

but the part I don't understand is the beginning : ".,$!"

I can't type that in vim !

In general, a vil command start with ":"

Comment by sputnick 284 weeks and 6 days ago

Right. Paste the command in after ':'.

".,$!" means 'from the current line to the end of the file'.

Strictly speaking, the command should look like

<esc>:.,$!perl -pne 'for $i ("0001".."0004"){ s/XXXX/$i/ if($i == $.) }'
Comment by bartonski 284 weeks and 6 days ago

Added initial ':' to command.

Comment by bartonski 284 weeks and 6 days ago

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