Search back through previous commands

Ctrl-R <search-text>
Searches backwards through your command-history for the typed text. Repeatedly hitting Ctrl-R will search progressively further. Return invokes the command.
Sample Output
ssmith:~$ <Ctrl-r>rsy
(reverse-i-search)`rsy': rsync -Pazv .wine filehost:
ssmith:~$ rsync -Pazv .wine filehost:

2009-09-20 05:07:31

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What Others Think

You can also run 'stty -ixon' and use Ctrl-S to do a forward search (Ctrl-R is a reverse search). Ctrl-G will bring you back to a blank command line.
TimeTrap · 359 weeks and 5 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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