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Get the Most Out of Bash History

Jun 22, 2010, 16:06 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Juliet Kemp)

"Type history at the Bash command prompt, and you'll get a list of your previous commands. You can navigate through these with the up and down arrows, but there are other ways of interacting with them that I've been investigating this week. One straightforward option is to use the number at the start of the line to refer to the command. So,

> !15268

"will execute the line numbered 15268. !! executes the last command, and !-2 will execute the last-but-two command.

"You can edit previous commands quickly using :s///. For example, if you typed 'temp' when you meant 'tmp' in command 15200, use this to correct it:"

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