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Enhanced history searching in zsh

Mar 16, 2010, 22:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Vincent Danen)

"If you spend any length of time in the shell, chances are you’ve typed the same commands over and over. It’s usually not anything you can necessarily script as the commands may vary slightly on each invocation, but there are certain commands that can be used often with a little variation on each call.

"Usually these commands are scripts themselves and the arguments passed to them will change over time or with what you are working on.

"History searching is handy in these cases. By default, the zsh shell will respond to the [Ctrl]-R key sequence to search through the history based on what you type in. With repeated [Ctrl]-R keys, searching continues backwards for any shell commands that match. Unfortunately, on many terminals, [Ctrl]-S which should do forward searching, does not work so if you accidentally hit [Ctrl]-R one too many times, you’re stuck having to abort and do it over again."

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