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8.4 Saving and Exiting

Writing a file means saving the edits and updating the file's modification time.

ZZ Quit vi , writing the file only if changes were made.
:x Same as ZZ .
:wq Write and quit file.
:w Write file.
:w file Save copy to file .
: n , m w file Write lines n to m to new file .
: n , m w >> file Append lines n to m to existing file .
:w! Write file (overriding protection).
:w! file Overwrite file with current buffer.
:w %. new Write current buffer named file as file.new .
:q Quit vi .
:q! Quit vi (discarding edits).
Q Quit vi and invoke ex .
:vi Return to vi after Q command.
:e file2 Edit file2 without leaving vi .
:n Edit next file.
:e! Return to version of current file at time of last write.
:e # Edit alternate file.
% Current filename.
# Alternate filename.


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