May 6, 2009

Shell history

Modern shell (BASH) provides history functionality enable you to play with previous typed command easily. Native users us up-down arrows to locate the command line. While hacker's way is always through magic shortcuts.

This article is a good guide on how to play with shell history.

Here is a cheat sheet for shell history hacking

May 5, 2009

cygwin, wget and http_proxy

usually wget will automatically use the proxy setting defined in $http_proxy environment variable. Unfortunately, set http_proxy environment with command line tools (e.g. setx and setenv) does not work. Specifically, after the environment set up with the command line tools, if you type

c:\>set http_proxy
c:\>http_proxy=<your proxy setting>

But if you type

c:\>env | grep http_proxy

you get nothing.

I am pretty surprised here but no clue found on google. Fortunately, there is one way around. put the following line in the .wgetrc file in your home directory:
http_proxy=yourproxysetting
ftp_proxy=yourproxysetting

PS: the reason I need everything be put into command line script is I use a script to switch my work environment in corporate (where proxy effective) and home (no proxy at all).

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