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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 ...
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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? The files seem to contain all of my history. Does ...
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How to stop bash editing the history when I reuse and modify an entry?

Some instances of bash change the command history when you re-use and edit a previous command, others apparently don't. I've been searching and searching but can't find anything that says how to ...
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How do I get command name of the last executed command?

Example: I type man ls, than I want to get man only. By using !! I can get man ls but how do I get man?
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How can I remove duplicates in my .bash_history, preserving order?

I really enjoying using control+r to recursively search my command history. I've found a few good options I like to use with it: # ignore duplicate commands, ignore commands starting with a space ...
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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 delete commands in history matching a given string?

I need to delete all commands in my history matching a string. I've tried: $ history | grep searchstring | cut -d" " -f2 | history -d -bash: history: -d: option requires an argument $ history | grep ...
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How does this bash alias to repeat the last command as sudo work?

I recently came across this ingenious bash alias to repeat the last issued command, but as sudo. This could be done by using sudo !! directly in the terminal after the failed command. The alias I ...
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Why does my .bash_history contain duplicate segments? [duplicate]

Since I keep my bash history under source control, I've noticed that sometimes sizable segments of the history end up repeated, sometimes hours or days after their original execution. I use Debian 7.7 ...
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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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How to remove a single line from history?

I'm working in Mac OSX, so I guess I'm using bash...? Sometimes I enter something that I don't want to be remembered in the history. How do I remove it?
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fork and wait - Unix v6 [migrated]

Here is the last part I do not understand in the source code of old unix v6 command if. Source: http://v6shell.org/history/if.c, with Syntax-Highlighting: http://pastebin.com/bj0Hvfrw if(eq(a, "{")) ...
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How to enable reverse search in zsh?

I recently switched to zsh (finally) and am loving it! So far one thing that I am missing is Ctrl+R to do incremental history search. I have the history set up properly HISTSIZE=10000 SAVEHIST=10000 ...
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View a command in the shell history [closed]

If we put a space before any command in the shell it will not shown in history. Is there any way to see that command if the user enters a space before any command?
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HISTTIMEFORMAT syntax

There are many bash guides that include adding lines such as HISTTIMEFORMAT='%d/%m/%y %T ' or HISTTIMEFORMAT="%F %T " to ~/.bashrc or /etc/bash.bashrc. There's always a space before the final quote. ...
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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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Bash ignore “update” command

I have this in my .bashrc export HISTTIMEFORMAT="%Y/%m/%d - %H:%M:%S - " export HISTIGNORE="&:[ ]*:reload:update" export HISTCONTROL=ignoreboth:erasedups shopt -s autocd shopt -s cmdhist shopt ...
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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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“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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How can I save the last command to a file?

When I am running my analyses using the bash shell, I often want to save the commands I've used that gave me good results to a file in the same directory (my "LOGBOOK", as its called) so that I can ...
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bash history for current session

Maybe I'm overlooking something but is there a way to get your current bash history for the current session you are using like if i run ssh host $ pwd $ ls $ cd /tmp I just want to see those 3 ...
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What does “dd” stand for? [duplicate]

What does dd stand for? I've always referred to it colloquially as "Disk Destroyer", but what are the "official" words that make up the acronym/command? According to this link and this link it could ...
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.bash_history keeps truncating

My .bash_history keeps truncating even though I set: export HISTSIZE= export HISTFILESIZE= On my .bash_profile. Im not sure when it happens but it might happen when I logout or shut down my ...
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How to capture command line input into logfile and execute it at the same time?

Let's say I issue some commands on the command line: #capture what follows $ echo "foo" foo # don't capture $ echo "bing" bing # capture again $ echo "bar" bar How can I log commands selectively ...
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How to list down all useless or less used files or application in my linux server?

I want to clean cruft from my Oracle Linux server. For this, I need to know which application or directory isn't used or is hardly ever accessed. Is there any command or way to list directories or ...
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Different “history” command output after reconnecting via SSH

Why do I get different results for the "history" command for the same user after I reconnect a disconnected SSH session? I connect to a server using putty (SSH), say as root My network gets ...
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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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How to check the time at which the command was executed?

When history command is executed, it shows a list of recently executed commands. Is there any provision with which we can see the time at which those particular commands were executed?
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How to execute consecutive commands 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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Extending history search in zsh

How to extend Ctrl+R search in zsh? It cannot find entry despite it is in history file. Edit: My .zshrc: setopt AUTO_CD setopt CORRECT_ALL setopt EXTENDED_GLOB # History SAVEHIST=10000 ...
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Partially duplicated history when setting PS1 in .bash_profile [duplicate]

When I set PS1 variable in ~/.bash_profile, it worked as configured. However, the history is somehow messed up. When I press Arrow Up or Ctrl+P to view commands I typed, it starts to duplicate ...
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How do I auto complete a command from the command history? [duplicate]

Is there a key combination for bash to auto compete a command from the history? In ipython and matlab for example this is achieved by pressing up arrow after typing a few characters.
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How do I open an incognito bash session?

Is it possible to open an incognito session in bash? For example, when we need to enter passwords in commands and don't want bash to add them to history.
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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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history - List only successfully run commands

I'm wondering if there's a way to use the history command but only list commands that were run successfully. Likewise, would there be a way to list ones that produced errors? I know each command has ...
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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 ...
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HISTSIZE HISTFILESIZE not working [closed]

I have set these global variables in my .bashrc file Running echo $HISTSIZE echo $HISTFILESIZE both return 10000 My History contents are overding, currently from 254 - 432 If I type another two ...
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Can you change timestamp format for history command on tcsh

When I run history command (on tcsh), it only prints the TIME portion of the timestamp and omits the date: 3 15:07 echo $PATH 4 15:07 ls -la In bash, you can use HISTTIMEFORMAT ...
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What does !$ mean exactly? [duplicate]

echo !$ outputs different strings depending on my previous command line call. For example: mrdumbdumb-redhat:~ mrdumbdumb$ ls mrdumbdumb-redhat:~ mrdumbdumb$ echo !$ echo ls ls ...
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echo of a string with an exclamation point

Here are what I put in bash and the results I got about 'echo': $ echo '!$' !$ $ echo "!$" echo "'!$'" '!$' I'd like to know how 'echo' deals with the second input. It seems to me that ...
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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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Livesearch with first 10 matches as preview for zsh-history?

I have seen a history-livesearch with a preview, that shows the 10 first matches in the history in a list below the BUFFER-line, which is updated on every keystroke, and acts like the standard ctrl+r ...
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Bash history in script: `!#:*`

I have been reading through the study guides for the LPIC-1. echo "This is a sentence. " !#:* !#:1->text3 I'm having trouble understanding how the above line of code repeats the echo command ...
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Is there a shortcut for repeat the second proximate command in bash?

We all know that !! can repeat the last command you do in bash. But sometimes we need to do some operation like $ python test.py $ vim test.py $ python test.py # here is where I need to repeat the ...
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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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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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Show older or newer history items with the history command in zsh

I typed in the history command and it showed me the last 10 commands executed by me. Now I wanted to see the last 20 commands executed by me so (after reading the documentation): An argument of n ...
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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 do I repeat the last command without using the arrow keys?

I know I can use Up to iterate through previous commands. Running the last command simply involves Up + Enter. However, I was thinking of buying the Happy Hacking Keyboard as I spend a lot of time in ...
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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?