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created 2004 · complexity basic · author zzapper · version 5.7

Occasionally when you've pasted into Vim from some other application, you get a pesky visible non-ascii character. You can do a ga command to see what it is, but you might want to search for it or substitute it.

Here's a technique. Place the cursor on the character, then:

yl # yank one character into unnamed buffer
/<C-R><C-R>" # pull unnamed buffer contents onto search (that's two presses of Control-R)



See file format for more details if the character in question is a Carriage Return (^M or \r).

Try ^V^M (two CTRL+keystrokes).

For cleaning up win/dos text files for *nix, there's dos2unix (aka fromdos).

See also:Edit

--Tonymec 23:38, 20 August 2009 (UTC)

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