~/.inputrc and add these lines:
## arrow up
## arrow down
TIP: If you don't have this file, read at the bottom how to create it without loosing the default bindings.
Lines starting with
# are comments. I can't remember what is backward and what forward. Experiment with it. Maybe you have to switch backward and forward.
Just re-open possibly open terminal windows for the new behaviour to become effective.
A bit background information:
Bash is using readline to handle the prompt.
~/.inputrc is the configuration file for readline. Note that this will also take effect in other software using the readline library, for example IPython.
Read the bash manual for more information about readline. There you can also find more history related readline commands.
To get the escape codes for the arrow keys you can do the following:
cat in a terminal (just
cat, no further arguments).
- Type keys on keyboard, you will get things like
^[[A for up arrow and
^[[B for down arrow.
For more information about
\e see here: https://unix.stackexchange.com/a/89817/380515
If you don't already have a
~/.inputrc file, copy the default settings over, or all the other default key bindings will be overridden:
cp /etc/inputrc ~/.inputrc
or begin your
~/.inputrc file with the following line