4.2.7 Search and Replace
See Groundwork, for Ex address syntax. See Options, to see how to
get literal (non-regular-expression) search and how to stop search from
- C-c /
- Toggle case-sensitive search. With prefix argument, toggle vanilla/regular
- <count> /<string>
- To the <count>th occurrence of <string>.
Viper does not parse search patterns and does not expand special symbols
found there (e.g., ‘~’ is not expanded to the result of the previous
After typing / or ? all the usual Emacs minibuffer commands, such as
M-p and M-n are available. In addition, typing C-s will
insert the last search string used by the Emacs incremental search command
(which is bound to C-s everywhere except in this case).
- <count> ?<string>
- To the <count>th previous occurrence of <string>.
- <count> g<move>
- Search for the text described by move. (off by default)
- Repeat latest / ? (next).
- Idem in opposite direction.
- Find the next bracket and go to its match
- Search globally [from line x to y] for <string>
and execute the Ex <cmd> on each occurrence.
- Execute <cmd> on the lines that don't match.
- Execute the last keyboard macro for each line in the region.
See Macros and Registers, for more info.
- Query Replace.
- :ta <name>
- Search in the tags file where <name> is defined (file, line), and go to it.
- Substitute (on lines x through y) the pattern <pat> (default the last
pattern) with <repl>. Useful
flags <f> are ‘g’ for ‘global’ (i.e., change every
non-overlapping occurrence of <pat>) and ‘c’ for
‘confirm’ (type ‘y’ to confirm a particular
substitution, else ‘n’). Instead of / any
punctuation character other than <space> <tab> and <lf> can be used as
Note: The newline character (inserted as C-qC-j)
can be used in <repl>.
- Repeat latest Ex substitute command, e.g., :s/wrong/right.
- :global /<pattern>/<ex-command>
- :g /<pattern>/<ex-command>
- Execute <ex-command> on all lines that match <pattern>.
- :vglobal /<pattern>/<ex-command>
- :v /<pattern>/<ex-command>
- Execute <ex-command> on all lines that do not match <pattern>.