!! to execute the last command (albeit brilliantly convenient), isn't what you want. Instead, this is
how to list all your recent history commands and cherry picking the command you want to execute again:
$ history 369 git pull origin master 370 sudo docker-compose build 371 sudo docker-compose stop 372 sudo docker-compose up -d 373 sudo docker-compose ps 374 sudo docker-compose stop 375 sudo docker-compose up -d 376 exit
Suppose I want to run the command located at
$ !370 sudo docker-compose build ...
! followed by the number in history. Easy.
Your linux command history can sometimes get overlong, and throwing this all into the terminal will be illegible.
There's a neat trick, whereby you pipe the standard output into
less, and then you can page through the history
listing with ease:
$ history | less
r as well, to perform a text search on your history - you have an opportunity to edit
the command or run it verbatim.