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21 Feb
2021

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How to delete all the lines of text files with vim


This is a quick snippet for anybody wanting to delete all the lines of code of a text file when editing it in the terminal using vim.

Usually in vim when you open a file and you have to delete lines of code, it can be done individually using the following - but what if you have a big file and want to delete all the lines of code this could take forever.

d

But with the below vim command you can actually delete all the lines of code in one go.

:1,$d

Here is a breakdown of what you are actually inputting with the command:

  • The : character starts vim's last line mode
  • The 1 means, starting at line 1
  • The ,$ means, until the end of the file
  • The d means, delete.

I hope this short snippet has been helpful.

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