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add the result of a command into vi

Terminal - add the result of a command into vi
2011-03-04 22:34:22
add the result of a command into vi

in command mode, navigate your cursor to the line where you want the command output to appear, and hit "!!". No need to enter edit mode or even type a ":" (colon).


There are 3 alternatives - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
:r! <bash_command>
2011-03-02 16:55:57
User: Dimitri

':r!ls -l' results in listing the files in the current directory and paste it into vi

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This filters the current line through a command, rather than just running a command and adding the output to the buffer.

For instance, if you start with the line "example" and press !!, then type "wc -c" and press enter, "example" will be replaced with "8". (7 characters in "example", plus the newline.)

So the contents of the line you do the !! on are given as standard input to the program. If all you wanted was to run the command with no input that might not be what you want. So to run the command and capture output, but not give any input, you want something like

:r !date
Comment by tremby 372 weeks and 2 days ago

tremby, you're right.

Comment by linuxrawkstar 305 weeks and 5 days ago

Your point of view

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