Use the page up key to complete the command.

echo "\"\e[5~\": history-search-backward" >> ~/.inputrc
What this does is, if I type ?ssh ? then hit the page-up key, it will complete the line to the last time in my history file that I typed ssh. Hitting page up again will go to the 2nd to last time I typed it. Incredibly handy if you ever type the same commands more than once. credit goes to echo "\"\e[6~\": history-search-forward" >> ~/.inputrc

By: silbermm
2009-03-10 15:32:52

What Others Think

Why not just use control r?
ozymandias · 671 weeks and 5 days ago
I tried this on a Solaris and a Red Hat box and I didn't need to place the search string between question marks, I just started typing and then used the PageUp key. I might be mistaken but all CTRL-R does is retrieve the first command that matches the search, it will not allow you to find additional recent commands that match the search.
unixmonkey2194 · 671 weeks and 5 days ago
absoluteley awesome. CTRL+R sucks.
TheBunman · 671 weeks and 5 days ago
If you repeat pressing CTRL+R you will be getting next 'previous' matching command ... the only difference I can see is that you have to press first and type after that with CTRL+R and with PgUP you are searching for string already written as a pattern
alcik · 671 weeks and 5 days ago
@TheBunman: ctrl-r does not suck. you should take some time to learn how to use it. pressing ctrl-r will take you to the first match. each additional ctrl-r press will continue to search up through your history, finding matches. it's unfortunate that you aren't willing to learn your shell.
atoponce · 671 weeks and 5 days ago
unixmonkey/bunman Glad you are on this site. seems you have *much* to learn.
ozymandias · 671 weeks and 4 days ago
seofox · 9 weeks and 2 days ago

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