Suppose I entered the following thing into terminal:

wgets "link"

I will get the response:

No command 'wgets' found, did you mean: Command 'wget' from package 'wget' (main)

I made a mistake, and the terminal warned me.

Is there a command that I can type after the terminal warned me, so that then it will execute the command above with what it thought it was?

For example:

->wgets "link"

->No command 'wgets' found, did you mean:
 Command 'wget' from package 'wget' (main)

->yes (this command I am looking for ... is there one?)

-> executing wget "link"
  • 1
    This is not a generic "shell" question. What happens in this circumstance varies from shell to shell. The Z shell differing from the Bourne Again shell differing from the Korn shell, for example. It also depends from what shell extensions are installed. Your question is describing the behaviour of a particular shell with a particular extension.
    – JdeBP
    Jun 23, 2017 at 20:39
  • I don't have much knowledge of Linux, so feel free to remove tags you don't think are valid here
    – K Split X
    Jun 23, 2017 at 20:40
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    In most cases, people take advantage of the respective shells history file here. Use the Up Arrow to type a repeat of the command, remove the mistake, and continue
    – eyoung100
    Jun 23, 2017 at 20:46
  • @eyoung100 I'm aware of that, that's why I've been doing until now :P
    – K Split X
    Jun 23, 2017 at 20:51
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    I think you want thefuck. ;) I wouldn't use it in Production in a million years, but it's funny.
    – Wildcard
    Jun 23, 2017 at 22:19

3 Answers 3


In Bash you can use search and replace to modify the previously run incorrect command. From your example:

->wgets "link"

->No command 'wgets' found, did you mean:
 Command 'wget' from package 'wget' (main)


The wgets will be replaced with wget and the command executed.

To facilitate this on a command from earlier in the history list:


From man 3 history under Event Designators:

     Refer to the most recent command starting with string.


     Quick Substitution.  Repeat the last command, replacing string1
     with string2.  Equivalent to ''!!:s/string1/string2/''.

Switch to zsh (installed by default on macOS and available as a package on all major Linux distributions, *BSD, and software collections for other Unix-like operating systems). It has autocorrect for command names.

% wgets
zsh: correct 'wgets' to 'wget' [nyae]? y
wget: missing URL

As Wildcard already suggested install thefuck and then alias "yes" to it by adding the following lines to your .bash_profile, .bashrc or .zshrc:

eval $(thefuck --alias)
alias yes="fuck"
->wgets "link"

->No command 'wgets' found, did you mean:
 Command 'wget' from package 'wget' (main)


-> wget "link" [enter/↑/↓/ctrl+c]

-> Downloading...

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