Occasionally I run across weird characters in Vim that show up as numbers in angle brackets —
<97>, for example. They’re just curly quotes and em-dashes and such, but they’re encoded oddly, and there’s no way easy to do a search and replace on them.
Except that there is.
- Yank the character. (That’s Vim talk for copying to the clipboard.)
- Start typing your search-and-replace command —
"(double quotes) to paste the character.
- Finish out the rest of the search-and-replace and hit Enter —
Voila. (There might be a way to fix these characters with iconv or some other encoding app, but I haven’t been able to get it to work other than this way.)