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Writing a file with root privileges

:w !sudo tee %

Opening everything in vim

We can open basically everything in vim, by piping the launch of vim and passing as argument '-' which corresponds to the stdin.

Let's see some examples:

man printf | vim -


./ | vim -

Renaming files with vim

We can rename files by doing something like this:

\ls | vim -

then let's say we want to rename all .txt files into .md files, we can do this by typing:

:%s/.*/mv -i & &/g

at this point we can do:


Converting/Encoding Strings in a vim file

Let's say we have a list of strings ina file and we want to convert each string into base64, we can do this in vim by doing:

:%!xargs -n1 -I{} sh -c 'echo {} | base64'

Of course we can also decode a list of base64 encoded string by doing:

:%!xargs -n1 -I{} sh -c 'echo {} | base64'