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Re: multi-line commands in the history get split when bash is quit


From: Michael Witten
Subject: Re: multi-line commands in the history get split when bash is quit
Date: Sat, 5 Feb 2011 18:12:05 -0600

On Sat, Feb 5, 2011 at 15:56, Slevin McGuigan
<address@hidden> wrote:
> I am unsure whether or not this a bug.

>From what I can tell, it's not so much a bug as it is an inadequacy:
When you quit bash, the history is stored very naively in "$HISTFILE";
the history is simply dumped to it line-by-line, and each line of the
file is later interpreted by a new bash instance as a complete command
line input. Hence, the multi-line nature of your command input is lost
between dumping it to "$HISTFILE" and later populating the history
from "$HISTFILE".

The solution would be to invent a more robust file format for "$HISTFILE".



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