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I have MacOSX but this should be *NIX-generic.
In my computer at work, my bash shell remembers history from previous sessions, even if I just opened a new terminal.
In my computer at home, this doesn't happen.
I have the same OS in both machines and I don't have any history related setting in .bash_profile.
How could I set this up on my home computer so it remembers history across sessions?

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also asked at – glenn jackman May 7 '12 at 14:53
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Please ensure that you are running bash at home. This can be done with the following

echo $SHELL 


echo $0


ps -p $$

Output on method one should be something like


Method 2 should output should be


Method 3 should output some process with BASH in it.

If you are truly running bash there should be a .bash_history file under your home folder. Your user account might not be setup properly if you are not receiving a history.

Some environmental options to consider


To check these settings use:


To update use:

export HISTSIZE=9000

If you are not using BASH as your shell you can mod your account (if you have privs) by:

usermod -s /bin/bash <username>
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