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Re: Random loss of bash history

From: Linda Walsh
Subject: Re: Random loss of bash history
Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2014 01:40:50 -0700
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You DID read the release notes and changes from 4.2->4.3.

Someone had the bright idea that .. in 4.2, '0' meant no limit in
history (in bash and readline)... but in 4.3, '0' means 0 and throw
away history while negative values mean keep it all.

Perhaps you were hit by this brilliant new feature -- no doubt
a new POSIX blessing.

Darshit Shah wrote:
I'm running Bash 4.3.30(1)-release on Arch Linux. Recently after I rebooted by system I realized that all my Bash History had been erased. The ~/.bash_history file existed, but it was completely empty.

The situation occurred just now once again. I boot up my system and realize that I have no bash history at all. The issue does not occur at every boot, it's random and I am unable to correlate the two instances in which this has happened to me.

I haven't any idea as to how I should debug this problem to provide more information. Could you please start out by helping me there?

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