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Re: less's .lesshst misfeature

On Mon, 15 Feb 2010 20:44:53 +0000
David Holland <> wrote:

> This is a security/privacy hazard; search strings are expected to be
> transient and process-private, and writing them to disk creates the
> potential for unwanted disclosures. Writing them to a network-mounted
> home directory, meanwhile, can disclose everything the user is doing
> to anyone who happens to be listening; this is highly undesirable.

I agree that shells as well as pagers shouldn't store history files
imo, and I also configure them not to as needed.  This is even true for
editors; our nvi doesn't store a history by default (vim does but
that's an extra package so it's not directly an issue).


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