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    Lost up-arrow history in CLI

    Here's an odd one for you... Running 8.04 LTS on both my laptop and my desktop.
    Laptop works great. My desktop, when I open a gnome-terminal and type some commands, when I close the window and then open again later I cannot hit the up-arrow key to get the history of the commands I used earlier.
    This functions normally on my laptop though.
    Anyone have any ideas as to why this would have stopped working on my desktop or how to fix it? It's honestly been broken for a while and I'm just now getting around to asking the question because it finally got annoying enough
    Thanks in advance!

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    Re: Lost up-arrow history in CLI

    If you don't close the window can you still get the command historyusing the arrow keys?

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    Re: Lost up-arrow history in CLI

    Quote Originally Posted by adam.ec View Post
    If you don't close the window can you still get the command historyusing the arrow keys?
    Yep. But I can close the window on my laptop and open it again later and still get the up-arrow history. The desktop seems to lose the history whenever I close the window.

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    Re: Lost up-arrow history in CLI

    Sorry jakev, I've been working away, I resume the search for a solution if you are still having a problem.

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    Re: Lost up-arrow history in CLI

    If you are using BASH the history is stored in ~/.bash_history file.

    Make sure it did not get set to read only or you inadvertently changed ownership.
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