history utility

James B. Byrne byrnejb at harte-lyne.ca
Fri May 20 18:27:10 UTC 2016

As is no doubt obvious from what I am trying to do I come from a bash

While logged in as root I run the history command and see this:

# history
     1	20:02	date 12:13:30
     2	20:03	date 121350
     3	13:51	man adjtime
     4	13:51	apropos clock
     5	13:52	apropos time
     6	13:53	man adjkerntz
     7	13:58	man clock
     8	13:58	man hwclock
     9	14:00	man date
. . .

I am used to bash and have this in my root .bash_profile on other

# Timestamp History

Looking in the default ~/.profile I see this:

# $FreeBSD: releng/10.3/etc/root/dot.profile 199243 2009-11-13
05:54:55Z ed $
export PATH
export HOME
export TERM
export PAGER

Which to me implies that adding this should work.

echo "export HISTTIMEFORMAT='%F %T: '" >> .profile

But nooo.  What I see from source .profile is:

Command not found.
export: Command not found.
HOME=/root: Command not found.
export: Command not found.
Bad : modifier in $ (-).

Which tells me that .profile is either processed differently than I
expect or not at all.

So, my questions are:

What is the purpose of .profile?
How is it used?
Why is there no export command found given that man sh explicitly
mentions the builtin command 'export'?

***          e-Mail is NOT a SECURE channel          ***
        Do NOT transmit sensitive data via e-Mail
 Do NOT open attachments nor follow links sent by e-Mail

James B. Byrne                mailto:ByrneJB at Harte-Lyne.ca
Harte & Lyne Limited          http://www.harte-lyne.ca
9 Brockley Drive              vox: +1 905 561 1241
Hamilton, Ontario             fax: +1 905 561 0757
Canada  L8E 3C3

More information about the freebsd-questions mailing list