Write a file with sudo

Ever open your /etc/hosts file in Vim, make a bunch of edits, only to :wq and get that dreaded read only error? There a few easy ways to sudo write a privileged file in Vim.

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Sorting Text

Keeping lists alphabetized is important for organized, maintainable code. Fortunately, Vim has a number of ways to sort lines.

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Code Reformatting

When I wind up with code that is not well formatted, the = command comes in handy. This command runs applies a formatter to your motion or visual selection. So two handy sequences of commands I keep at hand are gg=G and =%. The later takes advantage of the matchit plugin which enhances % to match a broad array of open close blocks like those found in the Ruby programming language.

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Copy/Pasta Vim Style

At this point in the technology age, nothing is more powerful and necessary to anyone editing text than being able to copy and paste. Here’s how to do it Vim style:

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