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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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Why is my bash prompt getting bugged when I browse the history?

Often when I start looking at history of commands some of the characters from a command displayed aren't erased, for example: What's happening: prompt$ some_command prompt$ some_commanother_command ...
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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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Is there any way to keep a command from being added to your history?

Is there any way to keep a command from being added to your history? I have a command that I want to keep out of my history file, and I really don't care to have it there when I search the history ...
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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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How can I reproduce commands run on one machine on another machine?

I would like to install some software on a linux-machine that I have run in VirtualBox. Then I would like to do the same thing on a linux-VPS. I think that I can save all commands that I run using ...
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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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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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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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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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How to access the history on the fly in unix?

for example, if I do a mkdir thisismyfolder912 I remember there is some easier way to switch to thisismyfolder912 than having to do a cd thisismyfolder912 What is that way and how does it work? ...
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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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How can you log every command typed

How can you log every command someone has entered into the shell? I'm asking on both the basis of protecting yourself if you are logged into someone else's server and something breaks, or if someone ...
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How do I close a terminal without saving the history?

More than once I've accidentally run a number of commands and polluted my bash history. How do I close my terminal without saving my bash history? I'm using Fedora.
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put history command onto command line without executing it

I use !n where (n) is the line number for executing a line in the history file I want executed at the command prompt which I find via history|less. But there is a command line history event I wish ...
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Temporarily suspend bash_history on a given shell?

Is there a way to temporarily suspend history tracking in bash, so as to enter a sort of "incognito" mode? I'm entering stuff into my terminal that I don't want recorded, sensitive financial info.
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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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Bash history with timestamps

I would like to keep timestamps on the commands logged in my Bash $HISTFILE, is it possible? I did not manage to set it up using man bash as an information source. My other options are as follows: ...
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Why does the exclamation mark `!` sometimes upset bash?

I realize that ! has special significance on the commandline in the context of the commandline history, but aside from that, in a runing script the exclamation mark can sometimes cause a parsing ...
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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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How can I expand a relative path at the command line, with tab completion?

In bash is there any way to expand a relative path into an absolute path, perhaps with tab completion? I ask because sometimes I will search for a file, find it, then vim it: cd /etc cd apache2 cd ...
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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 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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Command-line completion from command history

So, I've looked at history and at Ctrl+R, but they are not what I thought I knew. Is there a way that I can type in the beginning of a command, and cycle through the matches in my history with some ...
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How to quickly store and access often used commands?

I have a lot of commands I routinely need to execute, often with the slightest variation. Right now I'm storing them all in .bash_history and use CTRL-R to access them, but I wonder if there's a ...
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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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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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Can I easily search my history across many screen windows?

My current screen session has 12 open windows on it. It's been running for weeks... I know I executed an ImageMagick convert command in one of these 12 screen windows sometime last week... is there ...
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Excluding some of the commands from being getting stored in bash history

Is there any way to exclude commands like rm -rf, svn revert from being getting stored in bash history? Actually I, by mistake, have issued them a number of times even though I have no intent to do, ...
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Why shouldn't someone use passwords in the command line?

Why do people fear writing passwords in the command line? The history file is located in ~/.history, so it's available only to the user who executed the commands (and root).
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Finding command execution time in hindsight

I've just executed a long-running process from the bash prompt. In hindsight, I wish I'd run time on it, or noted down the time at which I kicked it off. Is there any way of getting this information ...
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History command inside bash script

I have been bashing my head to write a simple history script for the last two days. History is a shell-built in command I couldn't able to use that within a BASH script. So, Is there a way attain this ...
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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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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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Where is the log of used commands in Linux?

In Linux, generally we use a lot of commands and it is difficult to remember all of them. history command provides the list of commands we used previously but its limit is less. New commands are ...
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Would it be possible to jump between prev/next command prompts?

I'm using zsh in OS X Terminal.app and for quite a while, I've been longing for a way to jump back and forth between prev/next prompts in the terminal's output. One convenience with this would be to ...
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User's executed commands log file

In Unix based systems, is there a log file that stores user's executed command(s)?
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Why does this PS1 value cause unexpected behaviour? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why is my bash prompt getting bugged when I browse the history? I have set my PS1 variable in .bashrc to be the following: PS1='\e[35m[\W]:\e[0m ' It achieved what it ...
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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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Can I have my shell history record how wildcards expanded?

If I run: $ ls * foo bar buzz $ history | tail -1 ls * You can see that in my shell history it remembers that I ran ls * rather than ls foo bar buzz. Ideally, I'd like to record both in separate ...
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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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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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Is there a maximum size to the bash history file?

Can I increase the size of the command history in bash? Note that I use a Red Hat Linux computer in the undergraduate astrophysics department here (so I don't get that many privileges).
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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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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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Search for a previous command with the prefix I just typed

We can use up and down arrow to navigate in command history. In some IDE, such as matlab, if we input sth and then press the arrow keys, we stroll among only the history commands starting with what ...
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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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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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How to recall a previous command (without execution) in order to change it?

I can't remember the trick where I could get the last command without running it: let's say I want to be be able to access the command !1255 when pressing the up arrow key and modify the command. So ...
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Keeping history per working directory (cf. per shell session)

Is there a way to make a modern shell's history feature be scoped to a path? My working contexts are split up as paths on the file system, and the pattern of shell activity, such as repeatedly issued ...