I love using history from the command line to keep track of commands but I find its list to be a bit too short for my liking. Is there any way to change this?


In your ~/.bash_profile file, export the HISTSIZE variable to the desirable number of entries to save:

export HISTSIZE=5000
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You can increase the size of the history buffer by typing set history=100. If you put this in your ~/.bashrc then it will remain permanent.

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    here is no .bashrc on OS X by default. I suggest .bash_profile instead. – Daniel Beck Jan 7 '11 at 20:09

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