how does history file get too large?

Russ Allbery rra at
Thu Jan 29 23:48:28 UTC 2004

bill davidsen <davidsen at> writes:
> Russ Allbery  <rra at> wrote:

> | Yeah, I agree, we should have better error handling here.  I hope to
> | eventually have a better history file format too; there's really no reason
> | now for the history file to be textual, since it's actually a fixed-length
> | field database for the most part and it's not like the entries are
> | human-readable anyway.  That would reduce the size of the history file by
> | about half.

> And then we could spend years writing tools to get entries back to
> readable format

It would take me ten minutes and we get back a substantial speed gain and
avoid most of the 2GB data problems.  The gain is definitely worth it.

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