Bash $HISTFILESIZE seems far too small by default.

Asked by Jim Howell on 2010-03-21

Is there any practical reason for the default history size to be only 500 lines?

I always make an effort to increase this on new machines, but sometimes I forget, and it has bitten me many times.

I would like to suggest increasing the value to something more useful, like 10000.

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2010-03-22
Lesmana Zimmer (lesmana) said : #1

i don't know of any "pratical reasons". i asume the reason why HISTFILESIZE is set to 500 lines is because someone who first packaged bash wrote a bashrc with a HISTFILESIZE of 500.

you can report your suggestion as a wishlist bug here: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/bash

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