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define a function for searching bash history

Terminal - define a function for searching bash history
hgrep() { ... } longer then 255 characters, see below
2014-04-02 16:40:36
User: Xk2c
define a function for searching bash history



if [[ ${#} -eq 0 ]]


printf "usage:\nhgrep [--nonum | -N | -n | --all-nonum | -an | -na] STRING\n"

return 1


while [[ ${#} -gt 0 ]]


case ${1} in

--nonum | -N | -n | --all-nonum | -an | -na)

builtin history | sed 's/^[[:blank:]]\+[[:digit:]]\{1,5\}[[:blank:]]\{2\}//' | grep -iE "(${*:2})"




builtin history | grep -iE "(${*})"






'hgrep -n' helps in using full grep support, e.g. search for _beginning_ of specific commands,

see example output


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What others think

why not just incremental backward search via Ctrl-r "" or

grepping the history directly?:

"grep '' ~/.bash_history

Comment by slncommands 84 weeks and 5 days ago

...now with better typing:

why not just incremental backward search via

ctrl-r '[command-substring]' or

grepping the history directly?:

grep '[command-substring]' ~/.bash_history
Comment by slncommands 84 weeks and 5 days ago

Your point of view

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