console command history

Ernie Luzar luzar722 at
Fri Oct 21 20:04:31 UTC 2016

jd1008 wrote:
> 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
>> 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
> +1
> Well, since I like to keep much longer history, I set it to something 
> rather large - like 999999 :)

Those 2 statements are in /root/.cshrc as part of the system install.

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