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set history variable HISTTIMEFORMAT in Unix Bourne & Korn Shell

Posted on 2010-08-25
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Is there any way I can set the following variable in Bourne Shell (in /etc/profile) :
 export HISTTIMEFORMAT="%A  %Y-%m-%d  [%T %z]

Basically when I issue "history" or look into $HOME/.sh_history for each single userid,
I need the history-logged commands to be date+time stamped.

This can be done in Bash (Bourne Again shell) but what I want is for Bourne & Korn
shells.

It's not an option for me to change the existing users' Shell to Bash


I'm working on HP-UX B11.11 & various RHES/RHEL version 3, 4 & 5
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Hi,
ksh doesn't have HISTTIMEFORMAT.
Try setting EXTENDED_HISTORY=ON in your .profile or in /etc/profile.
Please note that you will have to use "fc -t" to display the timestamps!
wmp
 
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Bourne shell has no history mechanism.
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