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Re: .octave_hist content

From: John W. Eaton
Subject: Re: .octave_hist content
Date: Tue, 11 Jan 2011 12:38:14 -0500

On 11-Jan-2011, Jordi Gutiérrez Hermoso wrote:

| and bash has a HISTCONTROL
| environment variable that lets you set options that do exactly that.
| It has an ignoredups option that doesn't save duplicate history lines
| and erasedups instead saves previous matching history lines. I think
| you want the ignoredups option. There is additionally a HISTFILESIZE
| variable that lets you control how large you want your history.
| Given how Octave's history editing is based on bash and bash already
| implements what you want, it may be possible to port more of bash's
| history-manipulating code into Octave. Do you need help understanding
| Octave's or bash's source code in order to accomplish this?

If you plan to do this, follow the lead of the
history_file/OCTAVE_HISTFILE and history_size/OCTAVE_HISTSIZE
function and environment variable pairs.  I think I just never got
around to doing the HISTCONTROL variable, probably because at the time
handling a variable whose value could be a colon-separated list would
have taken more time than I thought it was worth given all the other
things to do.

Another option as a temporary solution: increase the size of your
history list, or compact the list yourself when you exit Octave.  Even
a 100,000 commands would probably be less than a few megabytes and
memory is pretty cheap these days.


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