console command history

jd1008 jd1008 at
Fri Oct 21 19:35:08 UTC 2016

On 10/21/2016 01:06 PM, mfv via freebsd-questions wrote:
>> On Fri, 2016-10-21 at 13:13 Ernie Luzar <luzar722 at> wrote:
>> jd1008 wrote:
>>> What is your root's login shell?
>>> On 10/21/2016 11:02 AM, Ernie Luzar wrote:
>>>> Hello List;
>>>> After installing from scratch using cdrom.iso the console command
>>>> history is blank for user root. As I issue commands from the root
>>>> command line these commands get added to the history as one would
>>>> expect. After rebooting the system, root's history contains the
>>>> commands I issued before I rebooted the system, and any newly
>>>> issued commands are added to the history as one would expect.
>>>> Now here is the problem I am seeing. After any reboots the history
>>>> contains only the issued commands from the first boot after the
>>>> install from scratch. The history does not contain the commands
>>>> issued before the last reboot.
>>>> How can I configure the console command history for user root to be
>>>> a rolling list of issued console commands that contain the history
>>>> of the issued commands between 2 reboots, so after a reboot the
>>>> history contains commands that were issued prior to the last reboot?
>>>> Running 11.0 with sc console driver because vt does not have
>>>> copy-paste ability. This problem is also in 7.x 8.x 9.x and 10.x
>>>> series and now I need a resolution for this annoying tick.
>> I use the system default csh
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> Hello,
> Checkout the section "History substitution" in  csh(1).
> It is possible to save and/or delete the history using various
> settings. I found the following to be useful setting in the csh
> configuration file:
> set history  = 1000
> set savehist = (1000 merge)
> Cheers ...
> Marek
Well, since I like to keep much longer history, I set it to something 
rather large - like 999999 :)

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