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Runs previous command but replacing

Terminal - Runs previous command but replacing
2009-01-26 13:25:37
User: root
Runs previous command but replacing

Really useful for when you have a typo in a previous command. Also, arguments default to empty so if you accidentally run:

echo "no typozs"

you can correct it with



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What others think

^foo^bar replaces first instance of foo. If you want to replace multiple instances of a string, then you should use:

Comment by alperyilmaz 319 weeks and 4 days ago

Won't work in bash. Instead, use:

Comment by fletch 319 weeks and 3 days ago

^foo^bar does not work in mksh

Comment by penpen 318 weeks and 1 day ago

Works fine in bash!!


~$ lq -ltra

lq: command not found

~$ ^lq^ls

ls -ltra

Comment by unixmonkey8946 266 weeks and 6 days ago

Short notation for replaces all instances of foo with bar:

Comment by Testuser_01 165 weeks and 3 days ago

I think it's safer to reload the command and edit it

Comment by scavenger 126 weeks and 6 days ago

this one is what i want

btw,i want to kown how to reload the command and then edit it in an easy way like in vim ...

Comment by byrgl5 102 weeks ago


You can do this in bash. All You need is to put: "set -o vi" somewhere in your .bashrc and create .inputrc with following content (without line numbers of course :P):

1 "\e[A":history-search-backward

2 "\e[B":history-search-forward

3 set editing-mode vi

4 set keymap vi

Comment by mruwek 86 weeks and 5 days ago

Your point of view

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