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Execute command-line statements from within the vi editor

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It is very simple and occasionally useful to access the power of the shell from within your vim text editor. In normal mode (esc from insert mode), simply type, colon included

:r

Commands must be preceded by a bang symbol (exclamation mark). Some examples:

:r !date
Wed Apr 21 23:04:22 PDT 2010

Personally, i'll find this useful simply for putting in paths from the file system that i may not be certain of but that bash's tab autocomplete will be able to verify for me.

:r !echo /var/local
/var/local/

In UNIX, everything is a file, so what :r is doing is returning the output of the file created by a command (the standard output). This is just to mention that we can stick a file into our document directly.

:r ~/tmp/id_rsa.pub

That inserts the contents of the id_rsa.pub file right where you have your cursor in the document in vi normal mode.

Reference

http://princ3.wordpress.com/2007/08/27/insert-current-date-in-vim/

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