Bash tips, tricks and code snippets

Command line logging history

This source has an excellent tip for maintaining a log of bash commands.

Create a directory

mkdir ~/.logs/

then add the following to the ~/.bashrc file:

export PROMPT_COMMAND='if [ "$(id -u)" -ne 0 ]; then echo "$(date "+%Y-%m-%d.%H:%M:%S") $(pwd) $(history 1)" >> ~/.logs/bash-history-$(date "+%Y-%m-%d").log; fi'

After logging out and in again the history logging will be active.

NOTE: directory ~/.logs/ must exist and be writable!