Runs previous command replacing foo by bar every time that foo appears

!!:gs/foo/bar
Very useful for rerunning a long command changing some arguments globally. As opposed to ^foo^bar, which only replaces the first occurrence of foo, this one changes every occurrence.

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By: Tronks
2009-02-11 10:20:15

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This is also very useful for debian aptitude commands: aptitude search bzr sudo !!:s/search/install If you do a sudo ^search^install it won't work.
joem86 · 550 weeks and 6 days ago
how can we make this print instead of running it? I tried !!:pgs/foo/bar and didn't work ;)
alperyilmaz · 547 weeks ago
@alperyilmaz Close! You're just missing another colon: !!:p:gs/foo/bar Modifiers ('gs' and 'p' here) are colon-separated. It seems as though there should be a colon between the 'g' and 's' too, but we leave it out because the 'g' only works in conjunction with 's'. If you used it on its own it would have no effect. http://www.gnu.org/software/bash/manual/html_node/Modifiers.html
fletch · 546 weeks and 4 days ago
@fletch: thanks, this will save me some typing..
alperyilmaz · 546 weeks and 2 days ago
why not just ^foo^bar
linuxswords · 529 weeks and 5 days ago
what about iterative operations where you replace foo with foo1, then foo1 with foo2, etc ?
vRobM · 473 weeks and 5 days ago

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