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Re: history shows edited lines not the lines actually ran

From: L A Walsh
Subject: Re: history shows edited lines not the lines actually ran
Date: Sat, 16 Jun 2018 21:03:23 -0700
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address@hidden wrote:

        when you edit a line from your bash history, history shows the edited 
version, even if you never ran it
        ewriting history is generally considered bad in most contexts,
   Only if you do something to a relative
that causes you not to be born. (humor)

 and i found this to be counter intuitive and can't think of why anyone would 
want it this way
   Bash history isn't an audit trail.  It's a convenience for the user and
a way to be able to recall commands and how you did something 2 years ago (if you keep your history around and keep it searchable).

   As for usefulness... haven't you ever had to type in a password on the
command line? Or, at least had it be easier to do so, but I really don't like
leaving it in a file, so I usually scroll up to the line w/the password and
just delete the line.  Problem solved.

   As for adding things I never did -- not something I've ever had a need
for, so never have done it.  But the delete and merging of duplicates across
history files (they are recorded / terminal, so they usually don't overwrite
each other unless I start another copy of bash to preserve a previous

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