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Importing Files into vi

You can also merge multiple files in vi by reading additional files into the current one, as shown in red_a.jpg. Basically, all this means is that you insert one file into the file you’re currently editing.


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red_a.jpg Reading an additional file into the current one can make your editing tasks much easier.

To import files in vi:

  1. vi hairyspider

    At the shell prompt, type vi followed by the filename—in this case, the hairyspider file.

  2. esc.jpg:r filename

    At the point in the file where you want to import text, press esc.jpg, then type :r and the filename you want to read into the file.

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