# Eamonn O'Brien-Strain

## Better Shell History

I remember it being transformational when about 10 year ago I upped my command-line game considerably by discovering that I could search through my shell history with Ctrl+R.

Now thanks to Atuin from @ellie@hachyderm.io I think there may be another quantum jump in my command-line productivity.

The same Ctrl+R now brings up a UI that looks like this:

It also has a live GitHub-like activity chart, which should update live as I continue to use the command line with Atuin enabled:

Unsurprisingly, I learned that my most common command is git status.

I just installed it on my Linux laptop. I'll try installing it on a Chromebook too, and maybe on the Cloud server that runs this blog.

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Edit 2023-02-20 I also succeeded in installing and syncing on two more machines: a Google Cloud compute server and a Chromebook. The steps for these subsequent machines were as follows:

First on the original machine run

atuin key


Keep this window open as you will need to copy-paste if into the login phase below.

On the new machine:

bash <(curl https://raw.githubusercontent.com/ellie/atuin/main/install.sh)
atuin import auto
atuin sync


The above worked fine on the Google Cloud compute server. However on the Chromeboook I had to run

sudo apt install build-essential


to install the compiler.

Also I had to run the

bash <(curl https://raw.githubusercontent.com/ellie/atuin/main/install.sh)


at least twice, because the install script could not find any ready-build binaries and had to install some Rust infrastucture to build them.