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Searching for question marks in VIM



5:20 pm on May 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

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How do I search for a string starting with a '?' in VIM (I want to replace it with )?

I've tried:

:% s/?//g and also :% s/\?//g to try and escape the special meaning of '?' but neither of these two work...


12:38 pm on May 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

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12:55 pm on May 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Looks correct to me except for the space between the range and the search pattern, get rid of the space:


1:09 pm on May 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Hi, actually it seems that the space there doesn't make any difference.

But I think I'm figuring out what's going on. I've got a file written on Windows, with a bunch of pound signs in it. When I look at it in VIM on OSX, they show up as ?
But now I'm thinking that these are not actually question marks, they're the windows character code for the pound sign, which is probably what I need to search and replace.

Now I just need to find out how to do that...


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