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Questions tagged [history]

History often refers to the list of webpages viewed in a browser or commands used in a particular program. History is often used for undo/redo or back/forward functionality in programs of all kinds.

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Purpose of a “mystery key” on an IBM PC 3270 keyboard

A colleague has just come into possession of a large number of IBM PC 3270 keyboards (don't ask!). These keyboards have a number of very interesting looking keys, but the one that most intrigued us ...
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Chrome: remove URL from autocomplete which doesn't show up in history? [duplicate]

I accidentally visited gist.gihub.com (note the missing t), and now that URL auto completes each time I start typing gist.…. How can I remove this URL? I've tried removing it from my history, but ...
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Remove a certain line from Bash history file

How can I remove a certain line from history's database?
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How do I delete previously entered items from Google Chrome Omnibox?

Chrome's Omnibox keeps sites that I most frequently visit - and this is good. However, one of my most visited pages has its URL changed, and I want to remove this from the Chrome Omnibox suggestions, ...
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How do I view a specific date in my Google Chrome history?

I was looking for a specific page and found it in my history search, but I can't see the entry in the context of how I found the page in the first place. I tried to search by date (the only metadata I ...
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What is the origin of the UNIX $ (dollar) prompt?

The UNIX prompt uses a $ symbol to indicate that your input is expected. I was wondering why this symbol was chosen—if there is a reason. Dollar just seems a little unexpected. A > symbol would ...
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What is the origin of K = 1024? [closed]

Why does the discrepancy in the number of bytes in a kilobyte exist? In some places I've seen the number 1024 (210) while in others it's 1000 (and the difference gets increasingly large with M, G, T, ...
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How can I view more of my history in Screen on Linux?

I was running scripts overnight from the command line (inside Screen on a Linux EC2 instance) and some errors that I was not tracking occurred. I want to "scroll up" or view more of the history in ...
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How to get infinite command history in bash?

I set export HISTSIZE=99999999999999 but is that the best way? I don't know if an overflow might occur. I'm looking for a tested, reliable way to remove command history limits.
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Is it possible to trace someone using Google during an online exam?

I happen to be a professor at a reputed college. I want to design an online exam for over 1000 students via around 50 computers right after the vacation ends. Now the problem is that I have heard that ...
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How do I see what my most used linux command are?

I would like to know which command I use the most on the command line. I would like to know so I can improve my use of the command line. If I know which command I use the most, I can then read more ...
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How to delete an URL from Chrome's Omnibox suggestions? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I delete previously entered items from Google Chrome Omnibox? Chrome: remove URL from autocomplete which doesn't show up in history? How can I delete an URL from ...
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Can Chrome browser history be exported to an HTML file?

In Google Chrome, is there a built-in method to make an HTML file I can save to my local machine, like the file for bookmarks? If not, is there an extension that does the same?
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How do I see a history of what I've POST-ed in Google Chrome?

I just submitted a form that included a text box, in which I had written a quite long text. In another textbox, I filled in a date in the wrong format - and instead of getting an error message, the ...
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What did computers use for output before monitors?

How did the early industrial computers, such as UNIVAC, ENIAC, MARK I, etc display output before monitors existed? Did the first personal computers, like the Altair 8800 or the Simon use monitors, or ...
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What does an operating system look like without a shell?

A shell like the bash or command.com (up to Windows ME) or CMD.EXE (in later versions) provides an interface that (among other things) accepts commands from the user. What does an operating system ...
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Deleting a specific URL suggestion in Chrome

In Firefox, I can use Shift+Delete to delete a single item from the URL history (the URL suggestions). How can I delete a specific mistyped URL item (only one) from the history in Google Chrome, so ...
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Is it possible to search tmux scrollback history? [duplicate]

I'm starting to use tmux, and I already love it. But if I could search through scrollback history it would be even better (e.g. like in iTerm2). Is there a way to do it as of now?
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Bash History Not Preserved Between Terminal Sessions on Mac

My bash history mysteriously stopped working, and I have no idea how to fix it. This is what my .bashrc looks like: HISTSIZE=500 HISTFILESIZE=500 HISTFILE=$HOME/.bash_history However, when i run ...
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How do I export the history of Skype?

Is it possible to export Skype v4 chat history into some readable plain-text format? (.txt, .xml, .html) Alternatively, is it possible to backup/restore skype chat history? (I wouldn't mind backup to ...
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Viewing the full Skype chat history

I have Skype 2.8 on Mac OS X 10.5.8. Under the the chat menu is an option called "Recent Chats". This allows me to see logs of recent chats, but not of older ones. I know the older ones are ...
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Change directory to previous directory in Powershell

I am a Linux guy, but am trying to be open-minded and learn some Powershell. I miss the ability to cd - back to a previous directory, like in *nix shells. Is there a similar command in Powershell&...
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How do I keep my bash history across sessions?

I am working on a x86 target running fedora 9. Whenever I reboot it, my history returns to some state, and I do not have commands I did in the sessions before the reboot. What I have to change to ...
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Is there a directory history for bash?

Is there something like bash's reverse-search-history (Ctrl-r), but for only directories? I have some deep folder hierarchies that I want to jump to, so I'd like to use something like reverse-search-...
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How to prevent Bash from altering history?

If I press the Up or Down arrows on my keyboard and then modify something from my history, it's changed forever. Even if I press Ctrl-C and then try to bring it up again, it's still changed -- I've ...
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How can I discard my undo history in vim?

Undo is nice to have in Vim. But sometimes, at a known good point, I want to erase my undo history - to be able to use u to undo individual changes, but only back to a certain point. (For instance, ...
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Uninstalled programs history on Windows 7

Is there a way to see a list of programs that have been uninstalled in a Windows 7 machine?
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What was the highest number of floppy disks ever used for a product? [closed]

Something I got to thinking of while sorting out a pile of driver floppies for windpws XP & 2003... Of all the software products ever released, what came on the highest number of floppy disks? ...
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BASH history truncated to 500 lines on each login

For some reason, I cannot get my system to keep my BASH history after a reboot. Here are the relevant sections of my ~/.bashrc: shopt -s histappend PROMPT_COMMAND='history -a; updateWindowTitle' ...
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ZSH only displaying last 16 or so commands with history. HISTSIZE & SAVEHIST are 500

In ZSH when I type history I'm only displayed the last 16 or so commands. I would like history to display all the existing commands in the history file. When I look in my .zsh_history (my history ...
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zsh, up arrow only repeats unique commands?

I'm looking for a setting that will make it so that when i hit the up arrow, zsh shows commands i have recently edited. The catch is, i only want unique commands. Currently, if i type echo "hello ...
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Is there a way to view Google Chrome browsing history past three months ago?

I'm trying to find a page I looked at months ago but it looks like it's disappeared off the face of the planet. I thought I would have better luck looking through my Google Chrome browsing history, ...
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How to set up Firefox to absolutely never to delete any history items?

Is there a way to set up Firefox in a way that it absolutely never removes any items from its history (automatically)? In the past maybe there were a 'keep all history items', then you could set it ...
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Terminal *output* history?

I make extensive use of the functions to navigate through the command history in my terminal; I wonder if there is some way to navigate the command output history as well? (besides keeping a large ...
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How do I clear the Recent Documents list in Windows 7? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Clear cache/history in Windows 7? How do I remove the list of recent files in Windows 7? Are those files stored anywhere else?
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Equivalent of bash's Ctrl-r in PowerShell

does anybody knows of a way to have the backward command search feature of bash [Ctrl-r] (and [Ctrl-o]) that are so useful, in windows powershell ? C-r is a more powerful arrow up history ...
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Execute a terminal command without saving it to .bash_history on OS X?

This site says that on Linux you can add a space before a terminal command to keep it out of .bash_history. This does not seem to work for Mac OS X. Does anyone know of a way to execute a single ...
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Display Chrome full history

How do I display all of my browsing history in Google Chrome? When I press Ctrl+H I get most of the visited pages, but there are few missing as shown on following screenshot: Is there a way to get ...
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How can I remove OLD history from Google Chrome?

I'm working on a laptop with a modest hard drive, and 500MB is taken up with Google Chrome "History Index" and "Thumbnails" files. Some of these files are a year old. Chrome offers me the option to ...
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Retrieve Linux command line history by date

I want to see what I typed on my bash command line on a certain day a week ago. Is there a way to retrieve command line history? Something like below, perhaps? > history --include-date | grep 2012-...
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Bash history loss when using histappend

I like to keep a lot of history, so I have histappend set in my .bashrc. Most of the time everything works fine, with history built up from many shells appending. However, every once and a while, I'll ...
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Where and how can i view skype logs (Chat and Voice history)?

Where and how can I view my skype logs (Chat and Voice history)? Does it get saved somewhere in PC by default? Can I choose a folder location myself to start saving voice and chat history?
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Delete URL history in Google Chrome

I'm looking for a way to delete a whole URL in Google Chrome. Do I need to run some other program or can it be done in the browser itself?
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How can I get a history of running processes [duplicate]

I need to get a history of which processes have run on my Windows machine, and when they were run. However, I cannot use any third-party software, as I cannot guarantee that it will always be running....
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Does VLC media player store the files or its history in a hidden location?

Does VLC media player store the played files hidden somewhere? I share my computer with a fellow student and do not want him to see what I have been watching. Is the history or files of what's ...
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How do I get a similar awesome bar (from Firefox) in Chrome?

Before switching to Chrome, I always used Firefox, and I always really liked how you could type into the address bar and it would search (a fuzzy search!) for pages that were in the history that ...
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How can I see more output lines in terminal?

If I give a command that has a lot of output lines in terminal, about 400, I can only see the last ~200 if I scroll up to the top. How can I go further up and see more output lines? I don't want to ...
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Does Google Chrome sync history between computers?

I just installed Google Chrome on my Mac at work, and used it for browsing the entire day. Among other things I went looking for an adblocker, which I found. When I got back home and did the same ...
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Why does ` (backtick) not appear until after I press another key?

On Stackexchange sites I quite often have to use the backtic which can be got at usually as the key beside 1 (left side ) however when I press it the first time the ` doesn't appear until I press it ...
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How do I export the Browsing History in Firefox?

I lost a load of open tabs in Firefox that I want to recover. The details are in the browsing history but it is not the most friendly area of Firefox to wade through. The Export option there actually ...