delete a line from your shell history

history -d
If you're a moron like me, sometimes your fingers get away from you and you, for example, enter your password when you're already authenticated to ssh-agent, sudo, etc., and your password ends up in shell history. Here's how to get it out.
Sample Output
ssh host
mypass
-bash: mypass: command not found
history
    1  mypass
    2  history
history -d 1
history
    1  history

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By: sud0er
2009-04-27 20:19:09

What Others Think

I have to use this one quite often. My usage isn't usually to remove passwords, but because I've accidentally pasted a large number of lines into a terminal window. Have to use a for loop to delete a bunch of lines.
fritz_monroe · 495 weeks ago
Wow, commandlinefu just taught me the fix for an annoyance I have had for years! Thanks so much.
philiph · 494 weeks and 4 days ago
You can also remove the command by moving to the command and delete that line. And followed by up/down key (not enter), the command will be erased.
ckclark · 448 weeks 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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