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Is there an in-built function in vim that lengthens a string to a certain amount.

For example

let l:some_string   = "abcd"
let l:padded_string = strpad(l:some_string, 10)

" now: strlen(l:some_string) == 10, 
"      l:some_string == "abcd      "

I am looking for a function that I could use instead of the strpad above.

Thanks Rene

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up vote 2 down vote accepted

You will have to play with repeat:

:let str .= repeat(' ', 10-strlen(str))
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Thanks for confirming my suspicion – René Nyffenegger Nov 6 '09 at 9:41

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