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Questions tagged [command-history]

recall commands previously typed in a shell or other utility

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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? [duplicate]

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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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 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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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 worked -...
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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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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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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 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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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 error....
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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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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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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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^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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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 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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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 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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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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How can I search history with text 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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History command inside bash script

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 using BASH script ? Here we go my script for you: #!/bin/bash history | tail -100 ...
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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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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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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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Is there any way to execute commands from history?

For example: [root@ip-10-0-7-125 ~]# history | grep free 594 free -m 634 free -m | xargs | awk '{print "free/total memory" $17 " / " $ 8}' 635 free -m 636 free -m | xargs | awk '{print "...
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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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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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Per-directory history in zsh

I am happily using zsh since a while now, and I am quite satisfied with my history settings, which are: # Write to history immediately setopt inc_append_history # History shared among terminals ...
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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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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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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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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 [up][up][...
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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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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 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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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 do I clear the Gnome terminal history?

When we use clear command or Ctrl+L in terminal, it clears terminal but we can still scroll back to view the last used commands. Is there a way to completely clear the terminal?
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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 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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Clipboard for copying and pasting files in command line?

In Bash, suppose I visit a directory, and then another directory. I would like to copy a file from the first directory to the second directory, but without specifying the long pathnames of them. Is it ...
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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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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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How does !! work in bash?

Very useful when you forget a sudo at the beginning of your command, !! acts like an alias of the previous command. Example : $ mv /very/long/path/for/a/protected/sensible/file/caution.h . (...) ...
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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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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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HISTTIMEFORMAT does not show correct date and time for history

After exporting HISTTIMEFORMAT='%F %T' I tried to query history But the result shows all the commands are executed on same day. How can I check the actual date and time of actual command execution?
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Does a shortcut for executing a series of commands in bash history exist?

Suppose I have the following trivial example in my history: ... 76 cd ~ 77 ./generator.sh out.file 78 cp out.file ~/out/ 79 ./out/cleaner.sh . 80 ls -alnh /out ... If I wanted to execute commands 77,...
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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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Is there some utility or plugin which includes the current directory in the bash history?

It will be very useful for bash history to display the working directory in which the commands were executed. The history is good for seeing what you did, but it can be hard to tell where you were ...
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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?