.Profiles for Bourne Shell; How do you setup for History of Commands and recall of previous commands

Posted on 2003-03-12
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Need some examples of some initial profiles for new users
that use the Bourne Shell on Sun Solaris.  Need some command
line commands that allow to see the history of commands and recall
previous commands, and editing commands such as vi -o that do not
appear to work.  Thanks for your assistance in advance.
Question by:RalphBHarrell
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yokel earned 100 total points
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I assume you are trying to do "set -o vi" to set up vi to browse your command line history.
Another way of doing this is in the bourne shell is

export EDITOR

which you can put into your .profile
Also make sure your .sh_history file exists in each users home directory and is writable by the user.
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yuzh earned 100 total points
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the Bourne Shell doesn't support "set -o vi" command line editing. consider use ksh or bash instead.

If you want to use ksh/bash, put the following in .profile:

# set -o emacs    # use emacs as command line editor
set -o vi         # use vi

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> the Bourne Shell doesn't support "set -o vi" command line editing.
it does! (yuzh, seems that this was a typo;-)

the traditinonal way for "command line editing" in bash is not
  set -o vi
  set -o posix
which enables the cursor keys.

Keep in mind to ifdef the   set -o whatever   in your .profile, 'cause other shells read this file too but do not understand it.
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