The history command can be used to retrieve the the commands you have previously typed in a shell.

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How to clear bash history completely?

I want to clear all before command from history of my server. I use history -c it seems all things are cleared but when I ssh to the server,all commands are still there. How can I clear them ...
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Bash history search, partial + up-arrow

I have searched, but not found anything on this. I am looking for a functionality in bash, using a terminal. Way back when, I had a user on a debian system, and a friend set me up with a convenient ...
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Show apt-get installed packages history via commandline?

Is there a way to show the history of installed packages that were installed by apt-get via commandline?
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Is it possible to make writing to .bash_history immediate?

I often open lots and lots of Terminals [Right now I have 7 open on this workspace] and I often search history with grep to find a command I've just written recently, but I don't want to hunt down the ...
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How to avoid duplicate entries in .bash_history

The same command is listed in my history again and again. How can I avoid this? I know it's possible via HISTCONTROL but I haven't found the right way.
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Run last command with all the letters transformed to lowercase

Many times I have run a command with all the letters in uppercase (maybe because CapsLock was on), and I pressed Enter before realising this. How can I run the last command with all the letters ...
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How to get shared bashed history among different tabs

I used the answer in http://unix.stackexchange.com/a/1292/41729 to enable real-time shared history among separate bash terminals. As explained in the answer above, this is achieved by adding: # avoid ...
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Ubuntu Philosophy Question [closed]

I was just switching from Windows to Ubuntu and I started to read this. And there were quite a few things I did not understand. One was: "OpenOffice decided not to have a learning curve" ...
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How to view the `.bash_history` file via command line?

I want to view the contents of my .bash_history file but don't know how to get there via the command line.
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How do you share history between terminals in zsh?

How can it be achieved so that every command that is entered, is visible in every open terminal's history? When having multiple terminals open, the history isn't shared, i.e. what you entered in one ...
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Bash command history not working

The command history between sessions is not getting saved. I'm using guake and the history for the session is working fine. I noticed that .bash_history had some commands I executed in sudo -s mode ...
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How to find history of shell commands since machine was created?

I created an Ubuntu virtualbox machine a couple weeks ago and have been working on projects off and on in it since then. Now I would like to find the syntax of some commands I typed in the terminal ...
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Get bash history to remember only the commands run with space prefixed!

The commands executed in the terminal prefixed with blank space(s) are not recorded in the command history file. But is there a way to get the reverse i.e. the history should only record those which ...
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Using last part of command for next command

When using the command I know a friend of mine who used to re-use last part of previous command. He unfortunately moved far away and I can't get hold of him. First: cp -r folder ~/folder Then he ...
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bash doesn't keep history

I run Ubuntu 12.04, and for some reason bash does not keep my command history. the ~/.bash_history file contains only 3 commands that I typed a few months ago. How can I fix this? EDIT: here's the ...
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How do I disable the command line history in the dash?

Using Unity, how to clear and disable the RUN (ALT+F2) history? Not the dash history, not the search history --- the ALT+F2 "run" history. The Privacy Settings Applet of System Settings doesn't seem ...
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Is there a centralized history file for all the commands run from various terminals?

I am aware that every terminal has it's separate history,which can be viewed by the history command. Commands issued on suppose terminal tty1 will be shown in the history of tty1 only and not in the ...
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How do I SSH and remove all previous SSH activity history?

I want to remove any and all activity logs for SSH remotely. How do I get to it? My account on the remote server doesn't have admin privilege, and as such I just want to remove user to user ...
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Deleting last few hours of zeitgeist history like in Firefox?

I want to open secret files on Ubuntu Natty and after my work delete the history of open files or any recorded activity during last: one hour three hours one day one week etc... how can I do this, ...
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How to save terminal history manually?

It's my understanding that the history file is updated when the terminal exits. But sometimes my computer crashes out, and the terminal doesn't exit cleanly, and then I lose those commands from my ...
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How can I delete the command line history from the dash?

When accessing the command line by pressing Alt+F2 it opens the dash and displays a history of previous commands which have been entered. How can this history be removed? I've tried using Activity ...
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How to delete Gwibber history?

How do I delete Gwibber history in 11.10? I deleted the account and created the account again, but some of the tweets deleted on the web still appear on Gwibber.
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Increase or View all Stored History in Gedit

I would like to be able to see the last ~200 files opened in Gedit. I was able to increase the number it shows to 40 using this command: gconftool-2 --type int --set ...
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History command showing the directory and the date

Is there a way to have in the .bash_history file, listed: the directory where the command has been typed, the date, and the command ?
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Select commands from bash history

Pressing the up button is tedious and I might miss the command I was looking for. So when typing history at the terminal gives me all the commands I have entered before, indexed to a number. Is there ...
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How do I check if someone accessed my computer?

I need to check the list of files accessed in my computer (ex: yesterday on particular time). Is it possible? Or I need to check whether anybody accessed my computer (when I left it unlocked) or ...
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Clear Linux file system after shutdown / start

I have very specific task. I need to clear the desktop, downloads, documents and so on after every shutdown or finish. For example, if anyone downloads something using Google Chrome, he will work ...
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Install history command package

I have Ubuntu 10.04.4 LTS running on a proxmox OpenVZ container. I imagine it does not come with history because the up arrow on the command line gives me ^[[A plus... $ history -sh: history: not ...
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There seems to be a difference between .bash_history and what up arrow displays, where does the up arrow get it's data?

I seem to have discovered that the ~/.bash_history file doesn't contain what is displayed when you use the up arrow. I found this by doing a command like so $smbclient -L 10.2.10.240 -umyuser ...
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How can I see the last time a program was run?

Is there any way I can see what programs were running at a specific time? Is there a way to see the last time a program was run? I'm trying to see if a certain program was running yesterday because ...
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Where are ALL ubuntu logs/terminal history stored

In what folders are the logs and key histories stored so that I may make a script to purge them. Is there a specific folder for the hibernation partition or a file by which it keeps the RAM data on ...
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Is there a desktop-wide privacy mode?

With Zeitgeist now tracking everything I really think we need a privacy mode like the one Firefox offers. There is a ridiculous amount of history and caches being stored in Ubuntu from thumbnails to ...
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Delete Alt-F2 history [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I delete the command line history from the dash? Can anybody tell me configuration or file address where it is (on GNOME 3). On gnome2 it was in config ...
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Bash History Search (CTRL+R) in Ubuntu Suggestions?

Is there an extension of some kind which ties Bash's history search (which you get with CTRL+R in a terminal) into the Ubuntu search suggestions generated when searching via the Windows key (in ...
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What's the history of Ubuntu?

What is the history of Ubuntu? How did Ubuntu originate? Who were the people involved?
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Gedit 3.6.1, how to increase the number of recent files from its default of 5?

Ubuntu 12.10, gedit 3.6.1 This won't work: gconftool-2 --type int --set /apps/gedit- /preferences/ui/recents/max_recents 30 Modifying this file as root won't work either: cat ...
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Incremental history searching

I found this very useful tip in UsingTheTerminal to use the arrow keys to search through the command history: "\e[A": history-search-backward "\e[B": history-search-forward "\e[C": forward-char ...
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How do I make sure that I have received a fix for a bug?

The symptoms of my computer crashing was very similar to those reported in the comments section of a particular bug in an application that I download and get updates via a ppa. Recently, the ppa's ...
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How can I set HISTSIZE for all users?

How can I set HISTSIZE for all users on Ubuntu 10.04? I've tried adding the following lines to both /etc/profile and /etc/bash.bashrc. I'm not sure I understand the difference between the two files ...
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No duplicated lines in bash history [duplicate]

Supposedly, adding export HISTCONTROL=ignoreboth to .bashrc would do the trick, but what I see in practice is there still exists duplicated lines in my .bash_history file. You can see my .bashrc ...
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I have Privacy: Record activity ON but how to view log and all the stuff? [duplicate]

Where can I find the recorded data and screen snaps and etc things ? I had tried to find them within : ~/.local/share/zeitgeist directory but there are the following files available and i don't ...
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How to delete list of played movies in Movie Player [duplicate]

Movie Player lists names of last few movies played. How to delete that list ? Going forward, I'll use VLC. But I'd like to clear that viewed movie history list.
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How can I make the LXTerminal accept the arrow key for history search? [closed]

In the bash, one can enable a "search-as-you-type-like" behaviour by changing eg. the .inputrc : 1 ## arrow up 2 "\e[A":history-search-backward 3 ## arrow down 4 ...
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Save the terminal history to a file for print

My Ubuntu headless server is about to lose both hard drives(raid1). I already saved the most important stuff. Now I'm sitting in front of a Mac OS X client with the terminal open (ssh). I need to ...
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Find most recent scp files

A few weeks ago I scp'd some files to my computer from a friend's computer for future use. Now I want to use those files, but I can't remember where I put them and I have looked all over. Is there ...
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How can I make my command history start counting from 0

If I type the following: history -c history I get 1110 history. Why does clearing the command history not reset the counting to 1 and how can I reset the count? Note: It is resetting the number, ...
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List all manually installed packages similar to history.log file

I searched the whole internet for this but did not find any satisfactory answer for this question. aptitude search ‘~i !~M’ | less does not show the manually installed packages. On my system it ...
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Cannot seem to get bash history along with others working

This is very similar to all the other questions out there but at the same time not. I am running Ubuntu 12.04.4 LTS (GNU/Linux 3.2.0-59-generic x86_64) to be precise. I successfully setup a new user ...
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How to clear recent history in Xubuntu 12.04

First, I know how to do it in Ubuntu. I could use Activity Log Manager to clear recent history. However, it does not work on Xubuntu 12.04. The "recently used" history is always there after I tried ...
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Where does the software-center store its history?

The Ubuntu software center is able to display a detailed history of packages installed /updated/removed according to date. Where does it get this info from? (/var/log/dpkg.log is maintained only ...