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Fwd: Re: Default time for unmarked history lines

From: Chet Ramey
Subject: Fwd: Re: Default time for unmarked history lines
Date: Mon, 18 Jan 2016 11:17:57 -0500
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--- Begin Message --- Subject: Re: Default time for unmarked history lines Date: Fri, 15 Jan 2016 10:26:04 -0500 User-agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10.10; rv:38.0) Gecko/20100101 Thunderbird/38.5.1
On 1/11/16 11:54 AM, Reuben Thomas wrote:
> On 11 January 2016 at 14:22, Chet Ramey <address@hidden
> <mailto:address@hidden>> wrote:
>     For a history file without any timestamps, using
>     the current default and setting the history entry timestamp to the current
>     time is more appropriate.
> ​Why is that? The only similar thing I can think of is file systems, where
> if you zero the metadata you get timestamps of the epoch, not the current
> time.​

OK, consider the situation when a user has no timestamps in his history
file.  There seem to be three choices for the timestamp: the epoch time,
which to me is clearly incorrect ("what? what is this 1970s stuff?"), the
last modified time on the history file itself, and the current time.  I
left the default as the current time, so commands from the hsitory fi

>     You probably also have histappend set or didn't use something like
>     `history -w' to force the entire history file to be written when the shell
>     exits.
> ​That's right.​

Then you have presented the history library with an ambiguous situation.

> ​​
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