AIX Tip of the Week

Search and Delete Lines within vi

Audience: All

Date: March 22, 2003

Here are two techniques for globally deleting lines from within the vi editor.

The first is an "ed" command, which deletes all lines containing the work "junk".


The second is a filter command that uses multiple search criteria. This example deletes all lines containing apples, oranges or grapes. [ESC]:% ! egrep -v "(apples|oranges|grapes)"

In both cases, the [ESC] is the "Escape" key. The "%" is shorthand for "all lines." Alternatively, you could limit the changes to specific lines. For example if you were to change "%" to "50,100", only lines 50 through 100 would be searched.

Bruce Spencer,