Today I had need to alphabetize a block of code in Vim, but on each line there was text which I didn’t want to be part of the sort. An example describes it best:
item 65110 #Heart of Ignacious item 65111 #Scepter of Ice item 65113 #Hydrolance Gloves item 65114 #Feludius' Mantle item 65115 #Glaciated Helm item 65116 #Treads of Liquid Ice item 65117 #Glittering Epidermis item 65118 #Crushing Weight item 65119 #Gravitational Pull item 65120 #Arion's Crown item 65121 #Terrastra's Legguards item 65122 #Dispersing Belt
Currently the lines are sorted numerically. I needed the lines to be sorted alphabetically based on the content of the comments (the stuff after the
#). Vim made this stupid-easy:
- Highlight the lines using visual line mode (V)
That’s it. The argument to
sort tells it to use everything after the pattern. Beautiful.