Vim’s command line mode is as arcane as the rest of the editor.
Today I learned how to use the
global command with
I had a file with a few lines that were separated with a symbol:
com.google.android.googlequicksearchbox | Search Widget com.google.android.inputmethod.latin | Gboard com.google.android.marvin.talkback | Talkback com.google.android.music | Google Play Music com.google.android.onetimeinitializer com.google.android.printservice.recommendation | Mobile printing service
I wanted to deleted everything after the first “word”: the empty space, the
| and everything else.
There are several ways to achieve this. But one is using a global command:
:g/ |/norm nD
:g : Start a Global Command (:h :g for extra help on global commands) / | : Search for empty space and | /norm nD : Execute nD in Normal Mode where n - jumps to the match D - delete to the end of the line
Now my file looks like this:
com.google.android.googlequicksearchbox com.google.android.inputmethod.latin com.google.android.marvin.talkback com.google.android.music com.google.android.onetimeinitializer com.google.android.printservice.recommendation