:g!/\S/d

Delete all empty lines from a file with vim

This command delete all the empty lines (include the lines with space) from a file. g = global command \S = non-whitespace character; !\S the opposite d = delete a range

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By: leonza99
2009-03-02 23:58:45
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':g/^\s*$/d' is two characters(three, if you count ) longer, but it doesn't highlight everything if you have 'hlsearch' on. Two extra characters saves you from possibly having to type ':nohl'
leper421 · 479 weeks and 5 days ago
The above comment should say "(three if you count 'shift')"
leper421 · 479 weeks and 5 days ago

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