Clear your cache often, but never your shell history.

CTRL + R is sacred.

@greenpete I can't count the number of times I've forgotten the specific syntax or flags of a command I typed a while back — and have had to use 'reverse-i-search' to quickly find it.

It's a life saver. A history size of 1 million is practically infinite.

FYI the following is in my '.zshrc' config file:

export HISTFILE=~/.zsh_history
export HISTSIZE=1000000
export SAVEHIST=1000000

@SciencePhysicist @oedmarap I see your point(s).
I don't administer servers anymore, but when I did, I felt better not leaving history in the machine.
And I'm just happier the less info' is left on a computer generally.

@greenpete Oh definitely, shell command history beyond Bash's default of 2000 lines is only applicable for desktop usage where Zsh is usually installed.

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