quinn quinn - 4 months ago 37
Ruby Question

irb history not working

in ~/.irbrc i have these lines:

require 'irb/ext/save-history'
#History configuration
IRB.conf[:SAVE_HISTORY] = 100
IRB.conf[:HISTORY_FILE] = "#{ENV['HOME']}/.irb-save-history"


and yet when i run
irb
and hit the up arrow nothing happens. also the irb history file specified is not getting created and nothing is logged to it.

Answer

I don't have an answer for you why the above doesn't work, but I did find a file, /etc/irbrc on my system (OS X - Snow Leopard, Ruby 1.8.7) that does provide a working, persistent history for me. So two pieces of advice: i) check your /etc/irbrc (or equivalent) to make sure that there isn't anything in there that might interfere with your settings, and ii) try out the settings below to see if you can get history working that way.

# Some default enhancements/settings for IRB, based on
# http://wiki.rubygarden.org/Ruby/page/show/Irb/TipsAndTricks

unless defined? ETC_IRBRC_LOADED

  # Require RubyGems by default.
  require 'rubygems'

  # Activate auto-completion.
  require 'irb/completion'

  # Use the simple prompt if possible.
  IRB.conf[:PROMPT_MODE] = :SIMPLE if IRB.conf[:PROMPT_MODE] == :DEFAULT

  # Setup permanent history.
  HISTFILE = "~/.irb_history"
  MAXHISTSIZE = 100
  begin
    histfile = File::expand_path(HISTFILE)
    if File::exists?(histfile)
      lines = IO::readlines(histfile).collect { |line| line.chomp }
      puts "Read #{lines.nitems} saved history commands from '#{histfile}'." if $VERBOSE
      Readline::HISTORY.push(*lines)
    else
      puts "History file '#{histfile}' was empty or non-existant." if $VERBOSE
    end
    Kernel::at_exit do
      lines = Readline::HISTORY.to_a.reverse.uniq.reverse
      lines = lines[-MAXHISTSIZE, MAXHISTSIZE] if lines.nitems > MAXHISTSIZE
      puts "Saving #{lines.length} history lines to '#{histfile}'." if $VERBOSE
      File::open(histfile, File::WRONLY|File::CREAT|File::TRUNC) { |io| io.puts lines.join("\n") }
    end
  rescue => e
    puts "Error when configuring permanent history: #{e}" if $VERBOSE
  end

  ETC_IRBRC_LOADED=true
end