Date: March 17, 2000
First, a thank you to all IBM S80 customers for making us #1! Last Friday IDC, an outside industry analyst, reported the RS/6000 S80 outsold the Sun UE10000 by roughly three to one in 4Q99. The details can be found at the following URL.:
And now the tip:
Here are several examples of running Unix commands from inside a "vi" editing session. Running Unix commands allows you to add external data, sort and format text, spell check, and more.
! ls # run the ls command (displays output, but does not change the current file) r ! date # run the date command and insert output into the current file % ! fmt # format the text in the entire file 45,78! tr [a-z] [A-Z] # uppercase all characters in lines 45 to 78 /abc/,/xyz/!sort # sort the lines starting with the line containing "abc" throught the line containing "xyz" . , $! cb # format a C program using the cb (C Beautify) command, starting at the current line through end of the file
(Note: to run these commands, you need to be in the command mode, which is started with the [ESC]: key combination).