If you’re a command line junkie like me, your commands sometimes tend to get long and complicated.
And then you spot a typo somewhere in the middle.
Or you forgot a command somewhere.
You now have two options: You can use the arrow keys (or, if you know your shell, the Emacs/Vi movements) to navigate there, and fix it.
Or you could just use your editor.
If you’re using
zsh (as you should), you could add the following to your
Then, reload your
Now all you need to do is hit
Ctrl-x Ctrl-e (
Ctrl-x e also works) or, if you use vi style,
ESC v, and
zsh will launch
$EDITOR, allowing you to edit the current command to your hearts content, and once you save & close your editor’s window, ZSH will execute your command.
Readline (which is what Bash uses) has a similar command called
edit-and-execute-command, and by default it’s already bound to
Ctrl-x Ctrl-e, so no config necessary.
You can find this and other useful stuff in my dotfiles.
Update 2.5.2010: @citizen428 brought the builtin
fc (fix command) to my attention.
fc allows you to edit commands in your history, and reruns them when you’re finished.