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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 ...
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How can I get the last line number of unique commands when grepping my history file?

I rely on my history file for previous commands, especially ones that are long with many parameters. Once I find the command and its line number(nn) I use !nn to run it. I prefer to see the full ...
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Preserve bash history in multiple terminal windows

I consistently have more than one terminal open. Anywhere from two to ten, doing various bits and bobs. Now let's say I restart and open up another set of terminals. Some remember certain things, some ...
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How do I add network or user source connection data to history entries?

I would like to modify the history settings for all users on the systems that I manage. I would like it to contain the information from the connecting terminal like from who sysadmin:/ # who sysadmin ...
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Command line prediction

I've found an interesting paper: Predicting UNIX Command Lines about command-line prediction (based on user past activity), and I wonder if any actual implementation of such thing exists?
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sharing or synchronizing history between Zsh and Bash

I often find myself switching between Bash and Zsh, and using the history search functionality to recover a command. However, since Bash and Zsh have different history files, I often find that the ...
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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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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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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 ...
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Get the last executed command line in ksh

Is there a way to get the last executed command possibly together with the arguments within a ksh script? I am using mksh with cygwin. I tried fc -nl -1, but the script throws a "“fc: history ...
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Last command in ksh

In bash I can use !! to indicate the last command. In ksh I think you can use r to do something similar, but it seems to fail in one of my common patterns: typing sudo [last command]. > cp foo ...
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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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^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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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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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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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 ...
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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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“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 ...
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Command history in Zsh

How does Zsh keep track of command history? I see two files in my home directory: .zhistory and .zsh_history. What is the difference between them? Does Zsh keep appending lines to one of them ...
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Unable to make .zhistory a symbolic link

Every time I try to make my Zsh history file (.zhistory file) a symbolic link to a file (previously existing .zhistory file) that lives in another folder, Zsh deletes the symbolic link and makes it a ...
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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?
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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 ...
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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 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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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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HISTTIMEFORMAT modification. In /etc/bash.rc or /etc/profile? [duplicate]

I'd like to add the date/time to the output of the history command in CentOS/RHEL 6. I would like this to apply to all users on the machine by default. This itself is easy. It seems to just be a case ...
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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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Search Alt+F2 history

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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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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How to execute consecutive command from history?

Suppose I want to execute a sequence of four commands that I have executed before. If the first one is 432 in the command-history, then I could do: $ !432; !433; !434; !435 I'm curious, is there a ...
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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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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 ...
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datetime stamp when running history command in zsh shell

When I run the history command on my ubuntu server, I get output as follows: history ... 25 cd ~ 26 ls -a 27 vim /etc/gitconfig 28 vim ~/.gitconfig I want to view the datetime ...
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How to properly escape exclamation points in bash?

Today, I was caught redhanded while attempting to code golf a password generator for Twitter. import string as s,random;print ''.join(random.sample(s.letters+s.digits+s.punctuation,9)) 90 chars. ...
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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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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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ZSH: search history on up and down keys?

Currently, I have the following in my .zshrc: bindkey '^[[A' up-line-or-search bindkey '^[[B' down-line-or-search However, this only seems to match the content of my current input before a space ...
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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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How to find by what means a software has been installed on linux

I have plenty of softwares installed on my Linux machine (RHEL) and some were installed with yum, some other by downloading a rpm and executed it from gnome file manager. I also have few softwares ...
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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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Keep only successful commands in BASH history

Sometimes I misunderstand the syntax of a command: # mysql -d test mysql: unknown option '-d' # echo $? 2 I try again and get it right: # mysql --database test Welcome to the MySQL monitor. mysql ...
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Bash history: “ignoredups” and “erasedups” setting conflict with common history across sessions

First of all, this is not a duplicate of any existing threads on SE. I have read these two threads (1st, 2nd) on better bash history, but none of the answers work - - I am on Fedora 15 by the way. I ...
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Understanding the exclamation mark (!) in bash

I used history | less to get the lines of previous commands and from the numbers on the left hand side I found the line I wanted repeated (eg. 22) and did !22 at the command prompt and it ...
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Terminal: Use different command on previous file

I know that there is the !! command to reuse the previous command. How would one reuse the file or directory specified in the previous command but use a different command on it? Example: I want to ...
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How can I search history with what is already entered at the prompt in zsh?

In zsh, I know that I can search history with Ctrl+r. However, oftentimes I start to type a command directly at the prompt, but then realize I should be searching history. When I hit Ctrl+r, it brings ...
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best way to search my shell's history

Is there a better way to search my history file for a command than grep? I do have some idea what the command starts as, but I don't know how far back in the history it is. update: was formerly zsh ...
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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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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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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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How to keep a line from being remembered in the history?

This is for a single line, not a command. I found the way to make it always prevent history for a single command. Thanks. EDIT: Sorry for the poor wording. Single line - For example, if I type, git ...