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Suppose I do the following in zsh

cd ~
cd dir1
cd dir2
cd dir3
evince foo.pdf

zsh writes exactly the same in its history file.

Now my question is whether it is possible to have

cd ~
cd ~/dir1
cd ~/dir1/dir2
cd ~/dir1/dir2/dir3
evince ~/dir1/dir2/dir3/foo.pdf

in zsh history instead. I.e. that zsh remembers only full paths.

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Related (but different): Can I have my shell history record how wildcards expanded? I don't think there's a way to change what's recorded in the history, but you can clumsily record extra stuff in parallel. –  Gilles May 7 '11 at 12:42
    
Similar question in bash –  Gilles Apr 16 '12 at 23:28
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Not in a general way, because the shell has no way to know whether a given argument is a relative path or not. Of course it could use some heuristics (similar to the ones used for completion), but this might be too error-prone.

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