Stop Arrowing Up So Much In Terminal; Search Instead! (Linux/Unix)
Do you ever NOT feel like re-writing a command that you wrote some N commands ago? I do!
Arrowing up and focusing until you reach what you want can be annoying for an efficient programmer. Although it usually only takes a couple of seconds, it still adds up. Plus, you don’t want to waste your brainpower on such a task (unless you like doing it).
One of the best pieces of advice I heard when I first started programming is:
“Always improve/automate tasks that you know you’re going to continuously repeat in the future”
So let’s do that. Let’s improve this situation.
This does a ‘reverse-i-search’ or ‘bck-i-search’, which finds the most recent closest match.
Ctrl+r again to go to next match (further back in history).
It searches through an environment variable called
$HISTFILE. The number of commands that
this file remembers depends on your
I believe the default
$HISTSIZE in Unix/Linux is around 500. You can check yours by running:
$ echo $HISTSIZE
$ history 0 0 echo 'example command 0' 1 echo 'example command 1' 2 echo 'example command 2' 3 echo 'example command 3' ...
This displays your history from 0 to
You can either scroll or
Cmd+f to find your command.
To execute the command, run:
command-number is the number displayed leftmost to your selected command.
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Updated: 28 March, 2021
Created: 31 December, 2020