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function to edit your history file

Terminal - function to edit your history file
eh () { history -a ; vi ~/.bash_history ; history -r ; }
2011-03-23 18:00:20
Functions: vi
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function to edit your history file

eh stands for Edit History

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Frequently, I'll mistype a command, and then step back through my history and correct the command. As a result, both the correct and incorrect commands are in my history file. I wanted a simple way to remove the incorrect command so I don't run it by mistake.

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When running this function, first the ~/bash_history file is updated, then you edit the file in vi, and then the saved history file is loaded back into memory for current usage.

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while in vi, remember that `Shift-G` sends you to the bottom of the file, and `dd` removes a line.

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this command is different than bash built-in `fc` because it does not run the command after editing.

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Comment by linuxrawkstar 174 weeks and 4 days ago

Wouldn't history -d #, where # is the number of the mistyped command, have been faster more efficient?

Comment by epoch 173 weeks and 5 days ago

`history -d` will work if you know the exact offset and all you wish to do is delete a line. You could do a `history|tail` to be sure of that offset so to not accidentally blow away the wrong command

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But this function lets you edit your history file too. So you could remove that password from the command line mysql querry. or you could append that successful command with a comment like thus :

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ssh user@example.com #insert history keyword here

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It's also faster if you wish to wipe the last ten commands

Comment by unixmonkey8121 173 weeks and 2 days ago

eh () { history -a ; vi + ~/.bash_history ; history -r ; }

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adding the `+` when evoking `vi` causes the file to open at the very last line. Since you usually want to edit something within say 20 lines of the bottom, this is useful but optional upgrade

Comment by unixmonkey365 136 weeks and 4 days ago

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