Search previous commands from your .bash_history

ctrl + r
This is not actually a command, it's just a keyboard shortchut. But a very useful one.
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By: sixtus
2009-02-20 13:28:19

What Others Think

This is a SUPER useful shortcut that I use ALL the time. If you increase the size of your history to somthing huge like 2000 or something it makes this all the more powerful. Rarely do I grep my history file anymore - if I remember a fragment of the command, I just CTRL+R and start typing what I remember.
smcpherson · 698 weeks and 5 days ago
seofox · 38 weeks and 4 days ago

What do you think?

Any thoughts on this command? Does it work on your machine? Can you do the same thing with only 14 characters?

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