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Delete the previous entry in your history

Terminal - Delete the previous entry in your history
alias histdel='history -d $((HISTCMD-2)) && history -d $((HISTCMD-1))'
2010-07-02 00:20:44
Functions: alias
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Delete the previous entry in your history

I rarely need this, but I have a hard time remembering the command when I need it.

Admit it. This has happened to you. Yes this is bad, and you better clean up now.

Borrowed from http://thoughtsbyclayg.blogspot.com/2008/02/how-to-delete-last-command-from-bash.html

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Very interesting. There is a way to simplify it, though.

First alter the alias to only delete one entry:

alias histdel='history -d $((HISTCMD-1))'

Now the clever bit. Add 'histdel' the the list of commands that are ignored by the history:

export HISTIGNORE=$HISTIGNORE:hd

This means histdel doesn't need to delete itself from the history and you can still run it as many times as you like.

Note: I also have aliases to show my history, which don't add to the history.

Comment by flatcap 212 weeks and 5 days ago

@flatcap: Very good. I think I like yours better. You should post that as an alternative.

Comment by StefanLasiewski 212 weeks and 5 days ago

flatcap yours is better *thumbs up*

Comment by techie 73 weeks and 5 days ago

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