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I always did !!cmd to replace current line with output of cmd (notice no
':'), or :3,5!!cmd to replace lines 3-5 with output of cmd. 

-----Original Message-----
From: [email protected] [mailto:[email protected]]
On Behalf Of Les Mikesell
Sent: Monday, June 26, 2006 9:28 AM
To: For users of Fedora Core releases
Subject: Re: vi editor

On Mon, 2006-06-26 at 16:43 +0800, Ed Greshko wrote:
> > 
> > Inside vi editor when I am in command mode
> > 
> > For Example : If I want to know the hostname or pwd command How do i 
> > execute inside the Vi Editor while editing a file in command mode
> 
> Type...
> 
> :!pwd   or any other shell command

Or, if you would like the output of that command inserted into your text,
use

:r !pwd

or any other command.  Oddly, that space before the ! is important.

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  Les Mikesell
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