Compress blank lines in VIM

:g/^\s*$/,/\S/-j|s/.*//
This command will squeeze all consequent blank lines (including those with only space and tab charactes) to one. It will also empty the resulting line (remove the "|s/.*//" part if you don't need that).

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By: clone
2009-08-16 10:01:15

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Alyssalauren · 8 weeks and 5 days ago

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Any thoughts on this command? Does it work on your machine? Can you do the same thing with only 14 characters?

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