Vi/Vim Substitution For Microsoft Word Characters

Mark Hymers markh at
Mon Oct 28 14:17:45 PST 2002

On Mon, 28, Oct, 2002 at 10:12:54PM -0500, Bryan Breen spoke thus..
> So I want to make a simple search and replace line for vi[m]. I have tried
> some of the following, with no success:
> %s/\306/'/gc
> %s/\\306/'/gc
> %s/^\306/'/gc
> (That last one, the ^ was made with a CTRL-V press, followed by a CTRL-\,
> thinking maybe it was looking for an ASCII escape sequence... grasping for
> anything at that point).

Have you considered piping it through tr?  man tr should help.


Mark Hymers <markh at linuxfromscratch dot org>

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 in Malta for seven cents apiece and sell them at a profit in Pianosa 
 for five cents."
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