Emptying a text file in one shot

:1,$d
Within vi allow to empty a text file in one shot

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By: acirulli
2009-03-28 02:28:19

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Or, you can do it without pressing your shift key. In command mode: ggdG
atoponce · 498 weeks and 2 days ago
If you use bash, you can use this shortcut: > filename
DNSpyder · 498 weeks and 2 days ago
You can use % instead of 1,$. :%d
cammarin · 498 weeks and 2 days ago
atoponce: this only works in vim, not in vi.
lme · 498 weeks and 2 days ago
You also need the shift key to type a capital G. Well, not necessarily but it's certainly the quickest way.
TheMightyBuzzard · 498 weeks and 2 days ago
@DNSpyder: they mean inside vi/vim
roebek · 498 weeks and 1 day ago
without any doubt it works also on vi.... also :%d is cool ;) thx cammarin
acirulli · 498 weeks and 1 day ago

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