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Use the page up key to complete the command.

Terminal - Use the page up key to complete the command.
echo "\"\e[5~\": history-search-backward" >> ~/.inputrc
2009-03-10 15:32:52
User: silbermm
Functions: echo
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Use the page up key to complete the command.

What this does is, if I type ?ssh ? then hit the page-up key, it will complete the line to the last time in my history file that I typed ssh. Hitting page up again will go to the 2nd to last time I typed it. Incredibly handy if you ever type the same commands more than once.

credit goes to http://www.sharms.org/blog/2009/03/10/make-your-bash-shell-cool-again/

echo "\"\e[6~\": history-search-forward" >> ~/.inputrc

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Why not just use control r?

Comment by ozymandias 389 weeks ago

I tried this on a Solaris and a Red Hat box and I didn't need to place the search string between question marks, I just started typing and then used the PageUp key.

I might be mistaken but all CTRL-R does is retrieve the first command that matches the search, it will not allow you to find additional recent commands that match the search.

Comment by unixmonkey2194 389 weeks ago

absoluteley awesome. CTRL+R sucks.

Comment by TheBunman 389 weeks ago

If you repeat pressing CTRL+R you will be getting next 'previous' matching command ... the only difference I can see is that you have to press first and type after that with CTRL+R and with PgUP you are searching for string already written as a pattern

Comment by alcik 389 weeks ago

@TheBunman: ctrl-r does not suck. you should take some time to learn how to use it. pressing ctrl-r will take you to the first match. each additional ctrl-r press will continue to search up through your history, finding matches. it's unfortunate that you aren't willing to learn your shell.

Comment by atoponce 388 weeks and 6 days ago

unixmonkey/bunman

Glad you are on this site. seems you have *much* to learn.

Comment by ozymandias 388 weeks and 6 days ago

Your point of view

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