EDIT: I figured out what went wrong! The root cause of it was my .bash_history file; that contained the commands!

I've configured my fish shell to clear my fish history (because of personal preference). This is my ~/.config/fish/config.fish file:

echo "" > ~/.node_repl_history
echo "" >~/.pry_history

builtin history clear

if test -e ~/.profile
        source ~/.profile

My node and pry history files do get cleared, I have vi mode in the shell and my .profile gets sourced (because that apparently doesn't happen automatically).

Where it gets interesting is this: most of my fish history does in fact get cleared. but about 4 or 5 commands always persist in the history, and i'm not quite sure how. I found out that the file .local/share/fish/fish_history contains these mystery commands, but even after I cleared the file and changed its permissions to read-only; or even deleted it(!) and ran fish again in a new session, the commands were revived and in my history once again.

I do not find them in any other fish history file, for any user, only my own.

Any help on this would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance,


  • What are these mystery commands? And why are you sourcing ~/.profile? Does that file contain fish commands? – glenn jackman Oct 7 at 13:28
  • @glennjackman my .profile contains common things shared by many shells like aliases and setting my PATH and so on. The "mystery commands" are: - cmd: hwinfo --framebuffer when: 1538919880 - cmd: hwinfo --framebuffer > temp.txt when: 1538919880 - cmd: cat temp.txt when: 1538919880 - cmd: rm temp.txt when: 1538919880 - cmd: exit when: 1538919880 (contents of my fish history in the local share folder) – Ethan Oct 7 at 13:43
  • Is your .profile sourcing other files? It seems unwise to have different languages sourcing a common file – glenn jackman Oct 7 at 15:18
  • No the .profile doesn’t source anything else – Ethan Oct 7 at 15:38
  • @glennjackman figured it out (see the edit) – Ethan yesterday

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