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Is your desire to have “mkdir” printed after executing “mkdir ~/Desktop/Here” or do you want to have “mkdir ~/Desktop/Here” printed after executing “mkdir ~/Desktop/Here”? For the latter, have you tried a simple “set -x; mkdir ~/Desktop/Here; set +x”?
why do you not want to use echo to print the command after its exicuted?
I think he wants something a little more automated. The $_ variable stores the name of the last command’s last argument. AFAIK, there’s nothing like that for the last command itself, but the debugging mode in bash would do something similar.