It's well known that if you push «up» and «down» keys in gnome-terminal, you can move on used commands. It only works for the commands wich are introduced before closing the window. When I close it, gnome-terminal forget all commands. Also, I cannot paste text w/ Ctrl+Shift+V.
The quick answer is 'add the following to the very end of your .bashrc file':
shopt -s histappend export HISTSIZE='10000' export HISTFILE="$HOME/.bash_history" export HISTIGNORE=cd:ls:bg:fg:exit export HISTCONTROL=ignoreboth:erasedups
...Or something like it, that's directly out of my .bashrc file.
The correct answer is 'read up on the bash shell'.
I highly recommend Learning The Bash Shell (http://oreilly.com/catalog/9781565923478).
Otherwise there's a lot of free material on the web to get you started, for example :
Also, Romanovzky and Dennis have a valid point - the file may already be there.
You might also make sure your user owns and can write to your .bash_history file :
sudo chown $USER:$USER $HOME/.bash_history sudo chmod u+w $HOME/.bash_history
I have Maverick and in gnome-terminal I repeat old commands with the up arrow. I can also paste text with Control-Shift-V.
Regarding pasting - what happens if you copy something from within the window with control-shift-c and then try a Control-Shift-V paste - does that work? Or are things in your buffer outside of the window that are failing? Does a mouse paste work (either to the Edit -> Paste button, or right-click in the window and go down to paste) - especially from material copied from within the window? If you go to "Edit -> Keyboard Shortcuts" does it have an "Edit: Paste -> Control-Shift-V" entry?
As far as history, I echo what Romanovzky asked - do you have a .bash_history file in your home directory? Are there commands in it? Are you the owner, and do you have permission to read the file?