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Old 12-05-2010, 06:21 PM   #1
stf92
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Vim: command to show all non-printable chars.


Vim 7.1

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Suppose I'm editing a file with vim. The file, a text file, contains line terninators which are line feeds (LF= 0x0a). It could also contain horizontal tabs (HT= 0x09) and some more non-printable chars (in fact, it could be corrupt and contain anything). Will vim let me see the location within the text of those chars (chars = characters) and what each of them is? I know there are such things as hexdump and the like but it would be nice for me to stay within the vim session. Thanks for reading.

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Old 12-05-2010, 06:29 PM   #2
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http://vimdoc.sourceforge.net/htmldoc/vimfaq.html#11.5
http://stupidunixlinuxtricks.blogspo...ers-in-vi.html
 
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Old 12-06-2010, 03:44 AM   #3
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Thanks, chrism01 for your links.

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After receiving chrism01's links, I did :help in vim. In the first screenfuls you'll see a list of files: usr_NN.txt, NN=01,02,... Then [s]locate any of these files. Within the directory pointed to by locate, grep -irl "non-printable cha" *. In my box, I found options.txt (part of Vim's user manual), with some useful info on non-printable chars stuff.

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