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Re: A Feature Request for History

From: Chet Ramey
Subject: Re: A Feature Request for History
Date: Mon, 13 Jun 2011 15:26:27 -0400
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On 6/13/11 1:10 PM, Bradley M. Kuhn wrote:

> The only feature you describe above missing with that configuration is
> that existing shells won't find history commands written out
> in-between.  I have a tendency to close/open bash shells, so I don't run
> into that problem.
> Unfortunately, having looked recently at the history code, I think
> adding a feature whereby existing running shells "notice" the history
> file has changed would be a large rewrite to the history code.  I think
> that would be a useful optional feature, though.

People have had success using `history -a' and `history -n' to accomplish
this.  The idea is to append your latest command to some common history
file, then use history -n to read other shells' commands into your
history list.

``The lyf so short, the craft so long to lerne.'' - Chaucer
                 ``Ars longa, vita brevis'' - Hippocrates
Chet Ramey, ITS, CWRU    address@hidden    http://cnswww.cns.cwru.edu/~chet/

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