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Can I delete .bash_history without sudo?

I don't want it to do it to my system, But I am wondering , is it possible to delete .bash_history ? And if yes, Then can you bring it up again or there will be no history ever again ? Also, Is the ...
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Searching command history

I search the terminal command history by pressing Ctrlr but what if: This is an old command This is an | less -S older command I press Ctrlr and then I type "this is an" and the old command commes ...
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Change working directory of 2 terminals at once

I've typically have gnome-terminal open with ~8 tabs, using 2 consecutive tabs for the same task (one has emacs, the other is used to do git checkins and unittest runs and so). When changing tasks, I ...
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Persistent shell arguments

I often find myself running a series of commands on a single set of arguments. For example: $ nmap -Pn -sS 192.168.1.5 $ ssh 192.168.1.5 $ curl 192.168.1.5 $ wget -r 192.168.1.5 This can be sped ...
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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 ...
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Where is the setting that disallows duplicate command history?

Let's say I type the following sequence of commands: $ cd $ ls $ ls When I go back in history by pressing up twice, I end up with cd, instead of ls. I've noticed this isn't always the case, so it ...
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How to set the number of commands history recalls

I am using bash. To browse my command history I am calling the history command which I believe is calling the Gnu program of the same name. (I don't know if there's a better bash specific way). In ...
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Shell: How do I get the last argument the previous command when it was detached?

Within the shell, typing ALT+. or using !$ recalls the last passed argument of the previous command. I use this all the time, but how do you do that when you detached the previous command? $ ...
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Keep all commands in bash history?

I have the opposite question to this. How do I keep all commands in bash history? In Ubuntu since quite some time now, the default for bash is to forget commands with non success exit code. This is ...
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How to exclude some commands from being stored in TCSH history?

I store my commandline history in TCSH, but I want to prevent certain frequent, simple commands like "exit", "cd" to be included in the history (the history holds only a fixed number of commands, so I ...
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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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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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What does !# (exclamation hash), !$:r:r (exclamation dollar colon r), !#:t (exclamation hash colon t) mean in the below bash commands?

I have been trying to install a Nagios package and stumbled upon these weird bash expansions on a guide here. Can someone help me understand what do the expansions mean? A wiki link would also be ...
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Replace the last word of last command but keep the first

Assuming I have a script for grepping through a bunch of files with certain options and run this script with many different words: $ mygrep worda [output] $ mygrep wordb [output] $ mygrep wordc ...
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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 ...
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How do I set an unlimited size to the history file for tcsh?

This is a follow-up question to Is there a maximum size to the bash history file?. Unfortunately, it doesn't work with the atmospheric science department computers, as they use tcsh rather than ...
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Sticky entries in shell history

Is there a way one could make some commands "sticky" in a shell history? I want to save some favourite commands that would be searchable with Ctrl+R, like the rest of the history, but they should ...
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Inconsistent Bash history

On this Debian Jessie installation, Bash history seems to be behaving inconsistently in Gnome Terminal: $ echo $USER me $ echo $HISTFILE /home/me/.bash_history $ grep browser ~/.bash_history ...
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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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History in the Almquist shell in the NetBSD

In NetBSD /bin/sh is a modified version of the Almquist shell. With the command fc -l it is possible to view the last 16 commands typed in the prompt in the current session and not the older ones. ...
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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 ...
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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.
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How to cancel and keep reverse-i-search?

Often I fail to find something with reverse-i-search but want to keep what I have already written. For example, typing pdflatex fails to complete to pdflatex mydocument.tex. If I then cancel it with ...
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Never clear .bash_history (HISTFILE)

Is there any command that I could use that makes .bash_history never clear itself? After a certain amount of commands it just clear itself. I think this works but I'm not sure? ...
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Search Alt+F2 history in Cinnamon desktop environment

I wonder if there's some way to search the Alt+F2 "runner" history most preferably within the dialog itself. I know that in Cinnamon the values are available in dconf-editor under org.cinnamon ...
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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 ...
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How can I prevent edited commands from overwriting the original? Or revert edits?

Often I'll execute a command in bash, press the up arrow to retrieve it from history, edit it, and execute the edit. However, sometimes I'll decide to discard the edit and run a different command or ...
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Shell - Deal with multiple command history files

Where I work, for security and auditing purpose, we have to keep one history file for each session (user, date, terminal, etc in the file name). Obviously, the HISTFILE variable, is set to read only ...
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Bash: Filter invalid commands from history, specifically passwords

Related Question, less specific: Automatic cleanup of Bash history This question focuses on a single problem. Over time, a user will eventually enter a password on the command line by accident, ...
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Automatic cleanup of Bash history

How can Bash history be automatically cleaned up? For example Remove detectable typos from history (ls-lh does not show up in which, so it is removed, I meant to type ls -lh) Clean excessive spaces ...
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Tab autocompletion and history in tcsh

I use tcsh, and I'd like to set up the following behaviour, which I've seen on some systems in the past. If I type !string TAB then: If the history contains a unique entry beginning with string, ...
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How to remove the last command (or current command for bonus) from zsh history

Sure there's a super simple smart way to do this, but since history in zshell seems to be aliased to fc, there's no way to use the tricks mentioned in How to remove a single line from history?. Any ...
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move back to the end of bash history when using reverse search?

I keep fairly long bash history and sometimes when I search for something with bash reverse search function(Ctrl+r) I end up at the beginning of search history and I still did not find what I needed ...
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Is it possible to show the current history line number when performing reverse search in bash?

Pressing Ctrl+R and typing py results in: (reverse-i-search) `py´: python I would like it to be this way: (reverse-i-search) `py´: n python where n is the history line number. I did not find an ...
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Persistent directory stacks across sessions in zsh

I would like to share my directory stack (the one accessed with dirs) across sessions and tmux panes/windows. In the zshbuiltins man page I have found autopushd to add every directory I switch into ...
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How can I programatically add entries to Bash history and have timestamps work properly?

On CentOS 6.2 and Bash 4.1.2(1), I have added a file in /etc/profile.d which contains: HISTTIMEFORMAT='%c : ' history -s "# some text as a marker" That works insofar as the the variable gets set ...
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Is there a way to make the history when pressing up in bash shared between shells?

I've seen this answer: Preserve bash history in multiple terminal windows This works for history, but I'm wondering if there is way to extend this so pressing "up" is shared as well?
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Moving through history of commands on command line?

I used to use Up/Down to move through the history of commands. Then, a few days later it changed to Ctrl-p/Ctrl-n. Now this also doesn't work to move through the history of commands entered. How can ...
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Convert a typescript file to a list of commands (history)

I wanted to record a linux session so I could use it as documentation for a "how to install" guide. I found something on the internet that suggested that the script command would be good for this, and ...
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zsh history - full path

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 ...
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How to create a bash command which creates output that exactly mimics a source text file that can be pasted into bash shell where histexpand is on?

The goal is to create a bash one line command that can be copied and pasted - for instance published on a web forum - and then patches files. See it as a way to distribute a patch file by copy and ...
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What do you use to manage your shell history? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Preserve bash history in multiple terminal windows Can I easily search my history across many screen windows? I rely on my shell history a lot, I use Ctrlr and arrow ...
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Is there a way to show the history of the commands used in the shell?

If my Linux installation has three registered user accounts, is possible to check the history of the commands introduced by each one, and how?
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Why can't Korn Shell do ctrl-r?

If I use PC-BSD with the default shell (Korn) then Ctrl+r doesn't work. Why won't it work? Ctrl-r was introduced to search your history in the late 1970s or early 80s and my BSD still can't do it ...
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Bash and its exclamation mark command, preview actual command before executing it?

! as a prefix to some string will execute whatever command in the command buffer that starts with the (partial) string given. There are also some other uses for it. See e.g. Understanding the ...
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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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How does execution of !find command work?

The !find command lets the user perform the previously executed find, with all its parameters. How does it work internally, where exactly has this behaviour been programmed?
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repeat bash history expansion substitution for all the matches

:& repeats bash history expansion substitution. For example: $ echo 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 $ ^1^9 echo 9 1 1 1 1 9 1 1 1 1 $ echo 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 $ ^1^9^:& echo 9 9 1 1 1 9 9 1 1 1 $ echo 1 ...
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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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Export Command History into a Shell Script

Often I have complicated installation procedures to follow, like having to build dependencies for buildtools, to build dependencies for the application I wish to install from source. Once I have done ...