Vim search and replace on only one line
I always thought the
/g modifier meant to globally replace the entire document. However, it really means to globally replace on 1 line. The common
% in, for example,
%s/the/The/g means to replace on each line of the entire document, not the
/g modifier. Therefore:
# Example document 1 the the and The 2 the and the 3 end the # If our cursor was on line 1 and we did: :s/the/The/g # that would replace just the first line. # If we did: :s/the/The # that would just replace the first match of "the" # If we did: :%s/the/The # that would match the first "the" on each line # If we did: :%s/the/The/g # that would replace each line and each "the"
- Pushed on 02/27/2012 by Christian