console command history

mfv mfv at
Fri Oct 21 21:06:13 UTC 2016

> On Fri, 2016-10-21 at 16:04 Ernie Luzar <luzar722 at> wrote:
>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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Hello Ernie,

As my setup is only a single user host I placed both of these commands
in /etc/csh.cshrc and then disabled .cshrc in both /root and ~/.
Thus, there is only one configuration file for both root and my home
directory.  Have used this setup for many years without incident.

I am using r10.3 amd64.

Cheers ...


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