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Old 12-15-2009, 06:14 PM   #1
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bash history limit


Can anyone tell me how to confirm the default limit of the history kept in .bash_history?

A Google search reveals people saying the default limit is 500 (lines? filesize in bytes?). e.g., http://www.ducea.com/2006/05/15/linu...-bash_history/

I know there is an option to set the size, using HISTSIZE in .bashrc as discussed on this site at http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...istory-136137/ and others.

But how can I confirm the existing default without have to type command after command to see when the first command gets pushed out?

Thanks.
 
Old 12-15-2009, 06:27 PM   #2
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echo $HISTSIZE
 
Old 12-15-2009, 06:42 PM   #3
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echo $HISTSIZE
Awesome, thanks. Can you tell me where that setting is stored at, too (not that I am ungrateful for your answer)?
 
Old 12-15-2009, 07:46 PM   #4
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Basically, they are set in the usual login profile files eg /etc/profile http://www.linuxfromscratch.org/blfs...s/profile.html and you can override them at the user level in .bash_profile.
 
  


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