No, I'm not talking about vim, I'm talking about old-school vi; because in vim you can actually issue a :bot and it'll move to the bottom of the file.


From command mode, type the upper case letter 'G'.

  • What about going back to the top of the file? – Josh K Apr 13 '10 at 22:32
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    Prefix the G with a line number: 1G – coneslayer Apr 13 '10 at 22:35
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    Alternatively :gg will bring you to the top – akid Apr 13 '10 at 23:34
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    Or :1 to jump specifically to line one. – bpanulla Jul 29 '11 at 15:12

Esc+Shift+Colon to get to the : prompt.

Then type any integer and ENTER to jump to that line number or...

$ to jump to the end line of the file.

Other uses of the $ in vi are:



this means: take the range of lines from 1 to the end of the file ($) and search them (s) for 'foo' and replace them with 'bar'.

I learned vi back in 1989 and I still use it today!

  • This one makes more sense to me, because $ is the end of the line too. – leeand00 Dec 30 '13 at 13:08

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