To prevent logging "dangerous" commands in bash history, I have added following line to my
HISTIGNORE='rm *:mv *:cp *:cat*>*:pv*>*'
this works well, but it has a side effect: I cannot see the complete history of commands executed on a machine. Let's say I have several machines for experiments, and I want to be able to see all commands executed. I would use the bash internal
history to display executed commands, and perhaps grep for today's date:
history | grep Sep-28
What I would like do have is to log "dangerous" commands as well, but put a
# at the beginning of the line, so that if I happen to execute the command from history by mistake, no damage would be done.
I have no idea if this is possible. Any comment would be greatly appreciated.
Update and clarification:
The main reason why this is a problem for me is that I am usually connected to my machine from several terminals, and any command executed on one terminal is immediately read into history of other terminals. This is achieved by
PROMPT_COMMAND="history -a; history -c; history -r"
Lets imagine I have two terminals open. In one I have some
cat /dev/foo > file.out process running. In the second, I check the progress with
ls -lAhF. I keep repeating
ls by pressing Up and ENTER (that is, last command from history). As soon as the first command finishes, the last command from history is no longer
cat /dev/foo > file.out. If I am not careful, I will start cat again and overwrite file.out.
What I would like to achieve is that the cat command would be preceded with a
#, so that it would not be executed. I would however still see it in history and can reuse it (if it is a long command) by un-commenting it.