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Old 11-10-2003, 02:24 PM   #1
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Solaris 9 - Command line history

How do I get the command line history to work in solaris 9?

I would like to use the up and down arrow keys to scroll through the history the way that linux sets it up.

Currently I just get something like ^[[A when I hit the up arrow.

The root user defaults to ksh and a regular user defaults to sh.

Old 11-12-2003, 05:41 AM   #2
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shells shouldn't be OS specific...
But try bash
and then see whether history works then.
Have you got a vanilla shell configuration (for ksh, sh)?
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If you are using ksh then set EDITOR=vi and you'll have vi cursor control to scroll back through your history and \ will give you directory completion (similar to tab in bash)
Old 12-24-2003, 03:29 PM   #4
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Key thing to watch for is shell you are using, at least up until Solaris 8 the shell defaults to Bourne, with no history capability. Switch your shell away from Bourne and follow suggestions made by the others here.
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Hi ,

Pls refer this thread, this may help you



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