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Seeking help in vi editor.

I want to insert in the begin of line. I wanted it to be insserted for specific line ranges. for eg, line number 1 to line number 20.

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Try this:

:1,20s/^/#/

where 1 and 20 compose the line number range, and the # is the text to be inserted at the beginning of the line.

That's the simplest way to do it, but there's a whole thread on other things to try at http://stackoverflow.com/questions/253380/how-do-i-insert-text-at-beginning-of-a-multi-line-selection-in-vi-vim

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Thanks bobmagoo, I also just now got this link. Thanks for your help. –  maneeshshetty Aug 27 '12 at 11:20

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