Smarter bash history

When using bash the up/down arrows are useful to browse through the recent commands.

But since the wanted command may be a bit up in the history stack it can be a bit tedious to find the right command.

For example, I know that I had a long nice cat + grep + awk line earlier it might require many up-arrow presses or a history | grep cat…

Instead I added small script file to /etc/profile.d/

if [ ! -z "$PS1" ]; then
bind '"\e[A": history-search-backward'
bind '"\e[B": history-search-forward'

You probably need to make it executable…

Now after starting a new bash instance I can write:

cat [up-arrow]

This will only give me the history entries starting with cat …

If you started the line with the wrong keyword use CTRL+C to break out…


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