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I use SUSE 9.2 and and in my console, if I hit the up arrow button it will cycle through my command history so I can retrieve and re-execute an older command. However, when I telnet into an aix box, I can't keep this same functionality. Is there a way to configure the telnet session to do this?
This isn't something that telnet controls. It's a function of the shell you're using. You need to man history on the AIX box to see how the shell it uses deals with history, and possible man <loginShell>, if history doesn't answer your question (echo $SHELL will print out your shell).