vi / vim: Jump To End Of File Command

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I‘m using vim as a text editor and editing a large code file written in python. How do I jump to end of file using vim text editor under Apple Mac OS X Unix operating systems?

You can save a lot of time by using appropriate movement commands in vi or vim text editor. For large file the cursor keys are not the best choice. To move to end of file just type G (press ESC and type capital G):
G
Sample outputs (jumping from 1st line to line # 82):
Fig.01: vi/vim command demo for EOL jump
Fig.01: vi/vim command demo for EOL jump

You can jump back to beginning of file by typing any one of the following command
1G
OR
gg
You can jump to line number 700 (press ESC type 700G)
700G

Posted by: Vivek Gite

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  1. This is an excellent example of a difference where one can spend monstrous amount of time in linux unless they’re quite good with linux. Luckily, because this to-the-pont useful article ranks high on the internet, this particular issue will be much easier to solve for those googling for help to navigate through logs containing hundreds of thousands of lines or more, where tail command won’t offer them a proper help for some specific circumstances.

    Unfortunately, there are many other seemingly “easy” linux tasks that pose a nightmare because solution is not easy to find for anyone besides those “intermediate” users who are extremely accustomed to vi editor and/or they have a strong clue how to solve it.
    VI editor is a nightmare for any beginner and many intermediate linux users for a reason, depsite its versatility and powerful features that it offers for top experts.

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