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If I want to select particular text of line and delete lines, how can I do that in vi (give the simplest means)?

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You can also use V in view mode to launch "VISUAL LINE" mode. Select your lines and type d to delete them.

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That is, Shift + V. –  Zaz Aug 2 '10 at 12:40

Move to the line you want to delete, either using the arrow keys or the j/k keys, and type dd. You can then save and exit by typing :x (or ZZ). A number can also be prefixed to dd to delete multiple lines, e.g. 3dd deletes 3 lines.

For more Vi commands, take a look at this handy Vi cheat sheet.

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dd is the quickest way to delete a line. –  Raptor Aug 2 '10 at 11:57

Another tip: if you want to delete a text paragraph, move to beginning of that paragraph with { and then type d}

Or, in other words, {d}

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Or dap, delete a paragraph –  grawity Aug 2 '10 at 9:54
Thanks! I learn here something new every day. :-) –  Janne Pikkarainen Aug 2 '10 at 10:01
@grawity: dap doesn't work for me in Vi. –  Zaz Aug 2 '10 at 11:19
@Josh: 97% of the time, when someone says "vi", he either means "vim" or "vim running in vi-compatibility mode". So I suggested a vim-specific command (see also :help text-objects). –  grawity Aug 2 '10 at 20:20
@grawity: Sorry, I am running Vim, but dap still has no effect. –  Zaz Aug 2 '10 at 20:52

go to the first line you wish to delete, and type (in view mode) d[x-1] to delete x lines.

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