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I use ALT. very frequently on bash. But some time I go one past the parameter I want . So I was looking for a way to call the next parameter from the history.

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Like most Readline commands, yank-last-arg (the command bound to Alt.) can take a numeric argument. Type Alt-, then Alt. to invoke the command with an argument of -1 (- by itself defaults to -1 if it isn't followed by an actual number). A negative number reverses the direction of the search for the "last" arg.

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