I'd like to use the fc command. However when I type fc in bash I get

Command 'iv' not found, but can be installed with:

sudo apt install openimageio-tools

That is weird because I didn't even type iv. Furthermore the suggested package seems to be an image processing library which is far from what I want.

What is going on here and how can I use fc?


$ type -a fc
fc is a shell builtin

$ cat /etc/lsb-release

$ bash --version 
GNU bash, version 4.4.19(1)-release (x86_64-pc-linux-gnu)
Copyright (C) 2016 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
License GPLv3+: GNU GPL version 3 or later <http://gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html>

This is free software; you are free to change and redistribute it.
There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.
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    What is the output of type -a fc? Commented May 3, 2019 at 21:39
  • @dessert Same result as fc: Command iv not found.
    – jederik
    Commented May 6, 2019 at 17:37
  • @dessert No alias is configured for fc by the way.
    – jederik
    Commented May 6, 2019 at 17:39
  • Try starting bash without rc file, there's an option for that: bash --no-rc --no-profile. Sorry cannot do code highlighting at the moment but you get the idea Commented May 6, 2019 at 18:03
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    @SergiyKolodyazhnyy That helped. Turned out that I had a typo in my .bashrc: EDITOR=iv. facepalm
    – jederik
    Commented May 6, 2019 at 23:16

1 Answer 1


Turned out I had a typo in my .bashrc.

It had


in it (instead of EDITOR=vi), so fc tried to edit my last command via the iv command. Hence the error message.

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