There are time that I'm editing a file with vi, and I note that my editor says "recording
on the bottom of the screen / status bar.
What have I done? Is this useful? Can / should I turn it off?
• If you type "q" followed by another keystroke in command mode, you start recording into a macro buffer who's name is the same as the second keystroke - so "qa" means start recording macro a.
• When you next type "q", the macro recording will cease.
• When you then type "@" followed by the macro letter, you'll rerun the key strokes that you recorder in the macro.
Example ... move over the middle of a line of text in vi then
dlph (swap the current character with the next one along)
q (end recording)
@a (to swap the charactets back)
and you can use @a anywhere else to swap characters in your edit session.
I've concluded that the reason I find myself recording sometimes when I hadn't intended to is because I key too quickly - q is very like :q, and the q key is right beside the tab key.
But at least I now know what the worrysome message means, how to get out of the recording mode - and I've learned about a useful new procedure into the process! (written 2010-06-27)
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