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General search/replace is done with the older "ed" commands that are invoked within vim ("man ed" for more details):
The s tells it "substitute". oldpattern is what you search for and newpattern is what you put in its place. The g at the end is "global" meaning do it every time it finds the pattern (otherwise it does it only the first time). Not sure you can use it to replace with the contents of a file though (can try "<filename" for your newpattern but I suspect it would put that in litterally rather than readin in the file. Rather than doing within vim you might want to use sed (man sed) to act on the file externally.