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Do not show my history of past commands

asked 2014-03-25 10:13:15 -0500

Vitor Mazuco gravatar image

updated 2014-09-27 20:39:04 -0500

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I use a Fedora 19 and it do not show my history of past commands.

How can I restore my history in my terminal?

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When you execute the "history" command, do you see nothing? Check your ~/.bash_profile configuration file and make sure it doesn't specify HISTSIZE=0. If it doesn't, your system should be recording your command history in ~/.bash_history. You can check to make sure that file exists and has content. If it doesn't, let me know.

bitwiseoperator gravatar imagebitwiseoperator ( 2014-03-25 10:19:45 -0500 )edit

ok, thanks so much

Vitor Mazuco gravatar imageVitor Mazuco ( 2014-03-25 12:44:36 -0500 )edit

And of course, you can use the command "echo $HISTSIZE" to see what your history size limit is configured to be. If it's anything other than 0 (I think 1000 is the default), your system should be populating that ~/.bash_history file. Do let me know how it turns out!

bitwiseoperator gravatar imagebitwiseoperator ( 2014-03-25 13:58:32 -0500 )edit

ok, thanks so much

Vitor Mazuco gravatar imageVitor Mazuco ( 2014-03-25 15:28:10 -0500 )edit

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answered 2014-03-25 15:42:16 -0500

If you close a session uncleanly, your history won't be written to ~/.bash_history. I get around this with the following line in ~/.bashrc:


This adds history -a to the existing PROMPT_COMMAND variable, with the result of appending to your history after every command you execute.

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