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what does this command mean: "bash -o vi"

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today I saw my dba ran this command : "bash -o vi"

what does it mean?
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Gerwin Jansen, EE MVE earned 2000 total points
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bash is a shell, bash command starts a new shell

-o is an option for bash

vi is the option

So the line starts a new bash shell with the option vi set - this means that history end editing commands on the bash command line are done using the vi style.

So j and k are used to walk through commands in the history of the shell (k for up and j for down).

If you were to start a shell like this:

bash -o emacs

then the arrow keys would be used to browse through history.
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Got it, thank you very much.
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