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Recover overwritten file

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created 2002 · complexity basic · author Little Dragon · version 5.7

I was once editing a file and wanted to test something. The test was meant to add a line at the end of the file, from outside Vim. All was fine, but instead of >> to append the output to the file, I wrote > to replace the file with the output by mistake.

If you happen to do something like that, the solution is:


This command only works if you have a swap file. If you do not have a swap file, the recover command will not work.


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