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Where is bash's history stored?

If I run history, I can see my latest executed commands. But if I do tail -f $HISTFILE or tail -f ~/.bash_history, they do not get listed. Does the file get locked, is there a temporary location or ...
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1answer
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Searching history forward after backward?

In bash, when I hit Ctrlr, I can search the command history backward. If I would like to search forward again, what shall I do? I hit Ctrls, but it doesn't work. My bash is GNU bash, version ...
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alias for a command using !! to recall the last command [duplicate]

This is a follow-up question to Execute a line of commands with one sudo If you want to redo the same command with sudo !! after doing a command like this: echo "something">/path/file You ...
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Execute a line of commands with one sudo

For example if I want to create a file and enter text in one line I can redirect the output into a file with the use of the > operator: echo "something" > /path/foobar but if I don't have ...
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3answers
222 views

How to have command history with timestamps output to the terminal continuously?

I use a simple alias to enable the "tracking" of commands in one or many terminal window(s): alias trackmi='export PROMPT_COMMAND="history -a; $PROMPT_COMMAND"' Then I just tail -f my .bash_history ...
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1answer
76 views

Recover my history of past commands?

Always when I turn on my Fedora 18, my history command disappear. How can I recovery all my history since I installed my OS? In my ./bash_history show olny the command of the day when I turn off ...
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Is there any way to undo a bash history modification?

By pressing up, I can go through previously entered commands. I've noticed though that if I modify one of them, that alters the history. For instance, if I type: echo a echo b echo c ...
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1answer
168 views

How to sync terminal session command history in bash?

I've tried to search in ~/.bash_history for my recent commands while in a terminal session but they just weren't there. I guess this is because I have multiple terminal sessions open. Is there a way ...
2
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1answer
95 views

Commands run when terminal is open do not appear in history

I have the simple following terminal.sh script: #bin/bash --login str=(--tab --title="Test" -e "bash --login -c 'echo history';bash") gnome-terminal "${str[@]}" exit 0 I basically use it to open a ...
2
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1answer
27 views

Duplicates in history file even after HISTCONTROL specified

I am using cygwin with bash (on Windows 7 pro). I have the following in .bashrc: # Don't put duplicate lines in the history. export HISTCONTROL="ignoredups" and the following in .bash_profile: # ...
3
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1answer
265 views

Why does the history command do nothing in a script file?

If I create a file containing #!/bin/bash history and run it, I get no output. Running it manually in a terminal or sourceing the script file does produce output. Why does history not work from ...
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1answer
48 views

where does history timestamp stored before i enable it

I tried to set timestamp for history. My first attempt was do export EXTENDED_HISTORY=ON command, and it seems like doesn't work. Then i do echo 'export HISTTIMEFORMAT="%d.%m.%y %T "' >> ...
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1answer
47 views

How to use quick substitution to replace all the strings of the previous command? [duplicate]

I know I can replace a string of the previous command using ^old^new. But it seems to only replace the first occurrences as I do the follow: $ cat /proc/5742/task/5742/status ... $ ^5742^2839 cat ...
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Find out what command I last ran that starts a certain way?

On bash commandline environment, you can do !! to rerun your last command. And you can press up arrow to see the the last command you ran. But what if you want to only see but not run the last command ...
4
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1answer
175 views

Why do piping and redirection work differently with here documents?

Combining a redirect with a here document seems logical enough: $ bash > foo <<EOF echo Hello EOF $ less foo Hello But with a pipe it behaves differently: $ bash | tee foo <<EOF ...
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2answers
618 views

^x^y unix trick for all instances in last command?

One of my favorite Unix tricks is ^x^y, which will take the last command and replace the first instance of "x" with "y". However, I'm wondering if a similar trick works to replace all instances of "x" ...
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3answers
84 views

Why does bash have a HISTCONTROL=ignorespace option?

Or to phrase it differently, why would you want to prevent commands from being written to the bash history? (Inspired by a related question.)
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1answer
199 views

Why is bash not storing commands that start with spaces?

If I perform a sequence of commands like: $ ls $ grep abc file.txt and then use the up arrow key to get the previous one, the terminal will show the last cmd (which is the grep here) But if I do ...
0
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1answer
39 views

Using !n in script or interactive mode

I add to ~/.bashrc the following code: test_exclamation () { printf %s "$READLINE_LINE" | xargs echo } bind -x '"\eX": test_exclamation' I write to bash prompt buffer $ !1700 If I press Enter, ...
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3answers
73 views

Copy command from history to bash prompt

Sometimes I'd like to get some command from history output, copy it to bash prompt, make some changes and run it. Is there a way to copy command from a history output to bash prompt without involving ...
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2answers
204 views

“history” stops working when run inside bash script

I am writing a simple script to grep my bash history to find a particular string. On the command line, I can do the following, which works fine: history | grep git However, when I create a bash ...
2
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1answer
145 views

Changing HISTTIMEFORMAT leaves entries with incorrect date

After exporting HISTTIMEFORMAT='%F %T' I tried to query history But the result shows all the commands are executed on same day. How can I check the actual date and time of actual command execution?
2
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3answers
53 views

How to start first command from the list printed by command 'history | grep something'

For example, I have the following output from command: loom@loom:$ history | grep MAKE 219 ../build.sh -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Debug .. 909 history | grep MAKE How to write a command, that start ...
3
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1answer
86 views

Root complete history commands

Where can I get root's history except besides .sh_history? I've gotten some information but only from .sh_history and the history command.
2
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1answer
61 views

How to get a history entry to properly display on multiple lines

Suppose I have entered a function at the bash prompt, on multiple lines rather than squeezing it onto one with semicolons: $ function blah { echo blah } $ history -1 12690 function blah {\necho ...
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2answers
176 views

Bash's declare -p HISTIGNORE brings bash to a halt! Why?

Executing the following code in GNU bash, Version 4.2.45(1)-release (x86_64-redhat-linux-gnu), Fedora 19 ... shopt -s extglob export ...
0
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1answer
105 views

Where does bash store the time commands were executed?

Enabling history to display time via export HISTTIMEFORMAT='%F %T ' shows the times of the commands but .bash_history doesn't contain any times. Where does bash store the times the commands were ...
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2answers
307 views

Re-execute fc command from history

Sometimes I am using the fc builtin in bash (3.2 if that matters), to recall commands from the history. This also offers the possibility to edit, before execution. For example, by typing fc 23 27 ...
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3answers
134 views

How can I recall a numbered history command for edit?

I frequently search for changes with history | grep 'string' I get a list of commands in my history, along with the history line number), e.g. history | grep 'git' 755 git status 1535 git push ...
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2answers
188 views

Why does !! inside an alias not work?

I have this alias set in my system /etc/bashrc file: alias root="sudo !!" The intention of this being to run the last used command using sudo of course. When used, it of course appears to ...
3
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2answers
101 views

Is it possible to transfer the history of commands from one system to another?

I am going to have all my data transferred to a new PC. Is it possible to transfer the command history of the previous Linux to the new system as well? So that when I type the history command, I get ...
0
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1answer
463 views

Automatically save bash command history in screen session [duplicate]

I connect to a screen session. After doing some stuff I detach it. Then in history | tail I only see screen -r and previous commands and not the commands run in screen session. Basically history shows ...
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4answers
609 views

Search for a previous command with the same prefix when I press Up at a shell prompt

Coming from a FreeBSD world I wish to make the Linux terminal behave like FreeBSD one, especially the 9.1 version, basically when you type cd in the terminal and push the "up" arrow you can browse all ...
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2answers
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Why must you be careful when using Bash's built in command history function to re-run previous commands that contain variables?

I know !! re-runs commands but what exactly would occur if I re-ran a command that had a variable in the command?
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2answers
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bash_history: comment out dangerous commands: `#`

To prevent logging "dangerous" commands in bash history, I have added following line to my .bashrc file: HISTIGNORE='rm *:mv *:cp *:cat*>*:pv*>*' this works well, but it has a side effect: I ...
3
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2answers
86 views

How to show last command with expanding function in bash

I'm using function like this. $ find-grep () { find . -type f -name "$1" -print0 | xargs -0 grep "$2" ; } After I type: $ find-grep *.c foo I want to get expanded last command string. In this ...
3
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1answer
141 views

What could cause my bash history to be cleared unexpectedly?

Today I noticed that my bash history is cleared completely. I have neither executed history -c nor deleted the .bash_history file. Apart from deleting the .bash_history file and history -c, how can ...
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1answer
765 views

What does !$ mean?

I'm following through a tutorial and it mentions to run this command: sudo chmod 700 !$ I'm not familiar with !$. What does it mean?
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2answers
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Why do I see different versions of bash history for the same user

I ssh into my servers using root. Sometimes when I scroll back in my history, I see a history from an earlier session, but not the last session. Why does this happen with the same user account? Is ...
0
votes
1answer
737 views

HISTTIMEFORMAT does not show correct date and time for history

After exporting HISTTIMEFORMAT='%F %T' I tried to query history But the result shows all the commands are executed on same day. How can I check the actual date and time of actual command execution?
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2answers
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shell saves ip address that you ping? [duplicate]

I was once shown a shortcut that I can't recall/ find. After pinging an ip, then attempting to ssh into it - the ip was saved into to a variable automagically. Something like: ping 10.1.23.4 ...
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5answers
481 views

Use same arguments with different command [duplicate]

Here's something I find myself doing often: less super/long/file/name Followed by: vim super/long/file/name Is there an easy way to pass the args of the previous command over to the next? SO I'd ...
4
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1answer
813 views

how to enable command history of shell

I am using ubuntu 13.04, in this the command history of the shell is getting erased on close. Can someone tell me how to prevent this from happening?
12
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1answer
618 views

How can I `alias sudo !!`?

I'm trying to set an alias for sudo !! in Bash. I tried alias sbb='sudo !!', but it interprets that as a literal !! and prints sudo: !!: command not found If I use double quotes, it substitutes ...
4
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3answers
196 views

Tricks for avoiding bash history logging? [duplicate]

What are some tricks for avoiding bash history being logged in a fascist logging environment that does not involve modifying .bash_rc or deleting content from within the history file?
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6answers
163 views

Bash - Split the previous commands parameters

How would one parse the previous command in bash? Example: root$ ssh foo@1.2.3.4 root$ echo !$ &>/tmp/foo.txt root$ cat /tmp/foo.txt foo@1.2.3.4 Goal: Send just the ipaddress 1.2.3.4 to ...
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2answers
235 views

How to use the last command in the while loop?

I am wondering how to modify this code. ls while [ 1 > 0 ] do fc -s sleep 1 done For fc -s, you can refer to this question for details. My question are as follows: How will it run? If you ...
4
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1answer
129 views

Diff the output of the last two commands

I frequently find myself doing something like the following: $ big long command 1 $ big long command 2 $ diff -u <(big long command 1) <(big long command 2) How can I get the shell (bash in ...
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1answer
137 views

Why does `!45` get replaced with `top`?

I was trying to a string search within Ubuntu 12.04 which went as follows: find . -exec grep -l "!45" {} \; Instead of searching for the string "!45", it was replaced with top. It didn't invoke the ...
3
votes
1answer
46 views

How to revert direction for last parameter shortcut?

I can append a last used parameter via the keyboard shortcut Alt + . yet sometimes, I type too fast and miss my actual target. If I wanted to go back one instance, is there a way to do it? I ...