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In vim, assume :r!ls | grep foo is in the register l.

You can then do: @l to exec ls | grep foo and insert the contents matching foo in to the current buffer.

In evil-mode I get:

Usage: grep [OPTION]... PATTERN [FILE]...
Try 'grep --help' for more information.

Is this a bug, or a setting I'm missing?

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That's one of the many unimplemented Ex features in Evil. There's nothing you're overlooking, except maybe a chance to contribute it.

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