Match and replace line breaks in vim

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There are 2 different special characters when dealing with line breaks:

  • \n represents the new line character byte 0x0a
  • \r represents the carriage return byte 0x0d

But in vim at the replacement side of the pattern things change a bit:

  • \n becomes the null character 0x00
  • \r becomes the new line character 0x0a

So at the search side you should use \n while at replace \r.