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According to O'Reily's Bash Pocket Reference (page 40) the following will run the most recent command that contains string:

!?string[?]

I'm running said command but I always get back:

bash: !?string[?: event not found

How can I do this?

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From the Bash manual:

!?string[?]
     Refer to the most recent command preceding the current position
     in the history list containing string.  The trailing ? may be
     omitted if string is followed immediately by a newline.

The [?] means that the trailing ? is optional. You will find this convention used in most synopsis sections in the on-line manuals, for example

NAME
     ls – list directory contents

SYNOPSIS
     ls [-1AaCcdFfgHhikLlmnopqRrSsTtux] [file ...]

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