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created 2006 · complexity basic · version 6.0

You want to format/wrap long lines, but not touch shorter lines.

Example: For each line longer than 80 chars, run that line thru the par text formatter.

:g/.\{80,\}/ .!par w70

This need arises when you cut/paste a programming snippet from your web browser into Vim, and you want to leave the indented code alone, but format the long explanation.

See VimTip584, on the capabilities of par.


How is this better than gq with a line width of 80?

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