ARCHIVED: In vi, how can I perform a global search and replace?

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To perform a global search and replace in vi, use the search and replace command in command mode:


The % is a shortcut that tells vi to search all lines of the file for search_string and change it to replacement_string. The global (g) flag at the end of the command tells vi to continue searching for other occurrences of search_string. To confirm each replacement, add the confirm (c) flag after the global flag.

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