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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



There are 7 alternatives - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives

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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 359 weeks and 5 days ago

Won't work in bash. Instead, use:

Comment by fletch 359 weeks and 4 days ago

^foo^bar does not work in mksh

Comment by penpen 358 weeks and 2 days ago

Works fine in bash!!


~$ lq -ltra

lq: command not found

~$ ^lq^ls

ls -ltra

Comment by unixmonkey8946 307 weeks ago

Short notation for replaces all instances of foo with bar:

Comment by Testuser_01 205 weeks and 4 days ago

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

Comment by scavenger 167 weeks 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 142 weeks and 1 day 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 126 weeks and 6 days ago

Your point of view

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