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Re: [PATCH] bash-4.2-release-with-unlimited-history-by-crq.diff

From: Chet Ramey
Subject: Re: [PATCH] bash-4.2-release-with-unlimited-history-by-crq.diff
Date: Tue, 20 Nov 2012 15:40:44 -0500
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On 11/8/12 8:17 PM, cheng renquan wrote:

>> I'd rather see this done (and have adapted your previous code submission to
>> do so) in a separate program that links with the history library and can
>> operate on arbitrary history files outside of bash.  There are applications
>> besides bash that use readline, save history, and could benefit.
> while the current erasedups logic is implemented in bash, I want this
> also get into bash,
> we may define another control like "erasedupsinfile" if the user set
> that we will erase dups in history file as well
> HISTCONTROL=ignorespace:ignoredups:erasedups:erasedupsinfile
> if we contribute a binary to dedup in history file, we still need the
> logic to call it automatically, depending some similar control
> variable is set

With a separate program, you can call it whenever you want.  If you want it
to work on the entire current shell history, write a shell function akin to

        history -w /tmp/history.$$
        hist_erasedups -t /tmp/history.$$
        history -r /tmp/history.$$
        rm -f /tmp/history.$$

You can have it called from PROMPT_COMMAND, for example, under whatever
conditions you like.

``The lyf so short, the craft so long to lerne.'' - Chaucer
                 ``Ars longa, vita brevis'' - Hippocrates
Chet Ramey, ITS, CWRU    address@hidden    http://cnswww.cns.cwru.edu/~chet/

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