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Say I would like to recall and run a command (eg)

wget https://go.skype.com/skypeforlinux-64.deb

that I already use a day ago. I used the instruction

history | grep skype

which example output is

 1584  sudo apt-get purge skypeforlinux 
 1585  sudo snap install skype 
 1824  cd skype/
 1829  wget https://go.skype.com/skypeforlinux-64.deb
 2001  history | grep skype

How to extend the piping to run directly the process 1829 (without writing a new command !1829)?

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    How would you proceed to select the right entry if there are more than one matches in the history, as in your example?
    – AdminBee
    Apr 8 '20 at 14:35
  • If I manage to tighten the output say with | grep "go.skype.com" or something similar. What would be the next steps?
    – Many
    Apr 8 '20 at 14:44
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Instead of "greping" the history you could just use the reverse-search.

If you press [ctrl] + [r] (both keys at the same time) you will search backwards in your command-history.

So if you want to re-execute (for instance)

wget https://go.skype.com/skypeforlinux-64.deb

you could just press [ctrl] + [r], type in skype and then it should already display the command.

If this wasn't the last command you can cycle through the history pressing [ctrl] + [r] again.

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  • Hum! It is a way to fix my problem. Great!!!!
    – Many
    Apr 8 '20 at 17:29

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