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Working with External Data and Commands in Vim

When working with Vim, we are not restricted to one single file, nor are we limited with our usage of Vim-only commands. We can run commands outside of Vim to modify Vim-based documents, or even manage other types of data using Vim. In this hands-on lab, we'll work with sorting our Vim data through the use of the Linux `sort` command, and Vim functions such as `%`, `:w`, and `:r`.

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Clock icon Beginner
Clock icon 15m
Clock icon Dec 29, 2022

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Table of Contents

  1. Challenge

    Sort Data

    Sort the data found in the newsignups.txt file.

  2. Challenge

    Write Data to Files

    Append the sorted users so that it will appear in the correct customer lists.

  3. Challenge

    Create Full Customer List

    Create a new file, userlist.txt, then pull in the needed data while still in Vim. Sort the list.

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