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Command history

GDB can keep track of the commands you type during your debugging
sessions, so that you can be certain of precisely what happened.  Use
these commands to manage the GDB command history facility.
`set history filename FNAME'
     Set the name of the GDB command history file to FNAME.  This is
     the file where GDB reads an initial command history list, and
     where it writes the command history from this session when it
     exits.  You can access this list through history expansion or
     through the history command editing characters listed below.  This
     file defaults to the value of the environment variable
     `GDBHISTFILE', or to `./.gdb_history' (`./_gdb_history' on MS-DOS)
     if this variable is not set.
`set history save'
`set history save on'
     Record command history in a file, whose name may be specified with
     the `set history filename' command.  By default, this option is
     disabled.
`set history save off'
     Stop recording command history in a file.
`set history size SIZE'
     Set the number of commands which GDB keeps in its history list.
     This defaults to the value of the environment variable `HISTSIZE',
     or to 256 if this variable is not set.
   History expansion assigns special meaning to the character `!'.
   Since `!' is also the logical not operator in C, history expansion
is off by default. If you decide to enable history expansion with the
`set history expansion on' command, you may sometimes need to follow
`!' (when it is used as logical not, in an expression) with a space or
a tab to prevent it from being expanded.  The readline history
facilities do not attempt substitution on the strings `!=' and `!(',
even when history expansion is enabled.
   The commands to control history expansion are:
`set history expansion on'
`set history expansion'
     Enable history expansion.  History expansion is off by default.
`set history expansion off'
     Disable history expansion.
     The readline code comes with more complete documentation of
     editing and history expansion features.  Users unfamiliar with GNU
     Emacs or `vi' may wish to read it.
`show history'
`show history filename'
`show history save'
`show history size'
`show history expansion'
     These commands display the state of the GDB history parameters.
     `show history' by itself displays all four states.
`show commands'
     Display the last ten commands in the command history.
`show commands N'
     Print ten commands centered on command number N.
`show commands +'
     Print ten commands just after the commands last printed.