I use bash and I would like to avoid some commands being kept in the history.
- Is it possible to do that for the next command only?
- Is it possible to do that for the entire session?
and i just remembered another answer, this one is the actual answer to your question.
if you have "ignorespace" in HISTCONTROL, then bash wont remember any line beginning with a space character. it won't appear even in the current shell's history, let alone be saved to $HISTFILE.
e.g. I have export HISTCONTROL='ignoreboth:erasedups' in my ~/.bashrc
here's the details from the bash man page:
HISTCONTROL A colon-separated list of values controlling how commands are saved on the history list. If the list of values includes ignorespace, lines which begin with a space character are not saved in the history list. A value of ignoredups causes lines matching the previous history entry to not be saved. A value of ignoreboth is shorthand for ignorespace and ignoredups. A value of erasedups causes all previous lines matching the current line to be removed from the history list before that line is saved. Any value not in the above list is ignored. If HISTCONTROL is unset, or does not include a valid value, all lines read by the shell parser are saved on the history list, subject to the value of HISTIGNORE. The second and subsequent lines of a multi- line compound command are not tested, and are added to the history regardless of the value of HISTCONTROL.
You could unset the
HISTFILE The name of the file in which command history is saved (see HIS- TORY below). The default value is ~/.bash_history. If unset, the command history is not saved when an interactive shell exits.
I don't think this prevents the command from appearing in the local shell history before the shell exits.
Here's a few history lessons I learned from googling:
You can set the history to ignore certain strings. In this example, I've ignored the commands ls, passwd and any command prefixed by the character space.
To disable history for your session you can issue:
if you just want to remove the last command from the history, then you can hit up-arrow, then Ctrl-U (erase to beginning of line), then up arrow again.
you can erase any individual line from the history like this...just use up-arrow or search or whatever to make it the current command line being edited, then press ^U, and then up or down arrow to move to another history line.
i discovered this by accident one day years ago. i have no idea whether it's documented or not.
generally, though, it's less hassle to just not save the current shell's history at all with: