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Search through your command line history

Terminal - Search through your command line history
set -o vi
2009-12-22 20:40:10
User: andykazmaier
Functions: set
-3
Search through your command line history

Once issuing the command, hit "esc" and then "k" (not together) to enter the search mode at the shell prompt (each time), and invoke the search with "/" as if you would in vi. Type a command and see the most recently used instance of that command. Use "n" and "N" to go forward and backwards through other instances of that command.

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You don't need the vi option set in bash to enable searching your history. By default, bash (via libreadline) has backward history search via ^R (ctrl+r).

Comment by bwoodacre 292 weeks and 3 days ago

(ctrl+r) is close, but it doesn't allow forward and backward searching with (n) and (N).

Comment by andykazmaier 292 weeks and 3 days ago

It allows forward and backward searching with ^R and ^S. Repeat for next/previous instance.

Comment by cfajohnson 290 weeks and 6 days ago

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