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This will make "secret_command" not appear in "history" list.
There is 1 alternative - vote for the best!
Prepending one or more spaces to your command won't be saved in history.
Useful for pr0n or passwords on the commandline.
Tested on BASH.
Sometimes you don't want to leave history, because of passwords use or somethink like.
I think it help.
wget --user=username --password="$password" http://example.org/
Instead of hiding commands entirely from history, I prefer to use "read" to put the password into a variable, and then use that variable in the commands instead of the password. Without the "-e" and "-s" it should work in any bourne-type shell, but the -s is what makes sure the password doesn't get echoed to the screen at all. (-e makes editing work a bit better)
Yes, by correctly setting the HIST* variables you can make certain commands not saved in history. But that's complicated and easy to make a mistake. If you set HISTFILE= to blank, nothing in your current shell session will be saved in history. Although this is not a precise answer to the subject, but it's very simple.
Put a space in front of your command on the command line and it will not be logged as part of your command line history.
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