How to Delete all Text in a File Using Vi/Vim Editor

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5 Responses

  1. Sergio Araujo says:

    1,$ is equal to %, hence :%d does do job with less keystrokes.

  2. jiaowen says:

    In insert mode, you can type %d to clear the text.

  3. dragonmouth says:

    Wouldn’t it be simpler to just delete and then recreate the file using the file manager?

    I know that CLI is generally faster and more efficient than GUI but in this case you are just unnecessarily complicating things by using CLI.

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