Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Inserting new lines with vim regular expressions

If you want to insert new lines with sed-style regular expressions in vim, the usual '\n' doesn't work. The trick is to produce a '^M' by hitting Ctrl-V,Ctrl-M. For example:

:%s/word /word^M/g

will replace the space after the word "word" with a line break across the whole file.