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Bash keyboard shortcuts

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Moving

command description
ctrl + a Goto BEGINNING of command line
ctrl + e Goto END of command line
ctrl + b move back one character
ctrl + f move forward one character
alt + f move cursor FORWARD one word
alt + b move cursor BACK one word

Other

command description
ctrl + d Delete the character under the cursor
ctrl + l Clear the screen (same as clear command)
ctrl + p Fetch the previous command from the history list, moving back in the list (same as up arrow)
ctrl + n Fetch the next command from the history list, moving forward in the list (same as down arrow)
ctrl + u Clear all BEFORE cursor
ctrl + k Clear all AFTER cursor
ctrl + r Search backward starting at the current line and moving 'up' through the history as necessary
crtl + s Search forward starting at the current line and moving 'down' through the history as necessary
ctrl + c kill whatever is running
ctrl + d Exit shell (same as exit command)
ctrl + w delete the word BEFORE the cursor
ctrl + t swap the last two characters before the cursor
ctrl + y paste (if you used a previous command to delete)
ctrl + z Place current process in background
ctrl + _ undo
esc + t Swap last two words before the cursor
esc + .
esc + _
alt + [Backspace] delete PREVIOUS word
alt + < Move to the first line in the history
alt + > Move to the end of the input history, i.e., the line currently being entered
alt + ?
alt + *
alt + . print the LAST ARGUMENT (ie "vim file1.txt file2.txt" will yield "file2.txt")
alt + c
alt + d
alt + l
alt + n
alt + p
alt + r
alt + t
alt + u
~[TAB][TAB] List all users
$[TAB][TAB] List all system variables
@[TAB][TAB] List all entries in your /etc/hosts file
[TAB] Auto complete
!! Run PREVIOUS command (ie sudo !!)
!vi Run PREVIOUS command that BEGINS with vi
cd - change to PREVIOUS working directory

Kill a job

n = job number, to list jobs, run jobs

kill %n

Example:

kill %1

References

  1. http://cnswww.cns.cwru.edu/php/chet/readline/readline.html
Ctrl-a Move to the start of the line.
Ctrl-e Move to the end of the line.
Ctrl-b Move back one character.
Alt-b Move back one word.
Ctrl-f Move forward one character.
Alt-f Move forward one word.
Ctrl-] x Where x is any character, moves the cursor forward to the next occurance of x.
Alt-Ctrl-] x Where x is any character, moves the cursor backwards to the previous occurance of x.
Ctrl-u Delete from the cursor to the beginning of the line.
Ctrl-k Delete from the cursor to the end of the line.
Ctrl-w Delete from the cursor to the start of the word.
Esc-Del Delete previous word (may not work, instead try Esc followed by Backspace)
Ctrl-y Pastes text from the clipboard.
Ctrl-l Clear the screen leaving the current line at the top of the screen.
Ctrl-x Ctrl-u Undo the last changes. Ctrl-_ does the same
Alt-r Undo all changes to the line.
Alt-Ctrl-e Expand command line.
Ctrl-r Incremental reverse search of history.
Alt-p Non-incremental reverse search of history.
!! Execute last command in history
!abc Execute last command in history beginning with abc
!abc:p Print last command in history beginning with abc
!n Execute nth command in history
!$ Last argument of last command
!^ First argument of last command
^abc^xyz Replace first occurance of abc with xyz in last command and execute it
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commented May 7, 2018

Can I suggest to add Ctrl + h: delete character before the cursor?

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