In the readline manual
# man readline
The following describes how to search backward and forward.
reverse-search-history (C-r) Search backward starting at the current line and moving `up' through the history as necessary. This is an incremental search. forward-search-history (C-s) Search forward starting at the current line and moving `down' through the history as necessary. This is an incremental search.
When I hit ctrl+r and type "apt-get", I'm able to do a reverse-search-history by continually tapping ctrl+r. But then I tap ctrl+s and the terminal does not go forwards. Am I doing something incorrect?
Also what key does the Meta prefix "M-" represent?