Vim Kung-Fu

Tom H tomh0665 at
Sun Oct 17 20:45:51 UTC 2010

On Sun, Oct 17, 2010 at 2:52 AM, Ric Moore <wayward4now at> wrote:
> On Sun, 2010-10-17 at 01:26 -0400, Tom H wrote:
>> On Sun, Oct 17, 2010 at 1:02 AM, Christopher Lemire
>> <christopher.lemire at> wrote:
>> >
>> > My contacts list in google (used for most google web apps, google
>> > voice, gmail, etc.) is very messy. I could edit it through google on
>> > the web, but that is tedious. I exported the contacts list in all 3
>> > available formats. None are very readable or understandable. I'd like
>> > to edit with vim (mostly in command mode) one of these files, and then
>> > import it back into Google. I googled "edit cvs OR vcf with vim" and I
>> > came up with unrelated search results, mostly CVS as in Control
>> > Version System. Any thoughts? How can this be done?
>> It's not cvs but csv as in comma-separated values.
>> It might be easier to edit one of the csv files in OO, or at least
>> prep it in OO because you probably have many unused fields/columns and
>> then edit it with vi.
> Is there some way to get OOo to not display a zillion fields/columns
> other than the actual ones from the csv file? It's annoying, but I do
> concur that a standard csv file is relatively easy to import with OOo
> spreadsheet. Just click on import and then pick the filename. I did that
> with about 1,800 records. Worked a charm. Ric

You can delete a column if all its fields are empty (unless you don't
mind losing some info :) ). Gmail'll re-import it correctly.

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