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Vim/Neovim: Sort & Unique

Heddi Nabbisen
An ICT designer/developer and a security monk with "a cool brain and a warm heart". OpenBSD/Rust etc. Interested in social issues and relationships. Founder of Scqr Inc.
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Vim / Neovim enables us to manipulate text in various ways, in which, for example, we can sort lines or make them unique. Here are the examples.


Sort

Use sort command.
Besides, here is the documentation of Vim / Neovim.

Specify sort order

1. ASC

By default.

:%sort
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2. DESC

Append !.

:%sort!
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3. Numeric sort

Give n as a parameter.

:%sort n
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Fig.1 Sort order

Specify sort range

1. Whole text

Use % as usual.

:%sort
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2. Specific lines only

Add startNum,endNum to the head.
2-5 lines only, for example:

:2,5sort
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3. Visual selection

As is.

:'<, '>sort
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Fig.2 Sort range

An example of order + range (combination)

Here is a DESC + numeric sort example.

:%sort! n
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Fig.3 Complex example

Make lines unique

Use sort command as well. Give it u as a parameter.

:%sort u
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Fig.4 Unique

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