Easily Correct a Typo of Previous Command Using Carat (^) Symbol

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Gabriel Cánepa

Gabriel Cánepa is a GNU/Linux sysadmin and web developer from Villa Mercedes, San Luis, Argentina. He works for a worldwide leading consumer product company and takes great pleasure in using FOSS tools to increase productivity in all areas of his daily work.

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10 Responses

  1. DannyB says:

    This would be very handy if your previous command was:

    rm -rf /

    but what you really meant was:

    rm -rf /home/danny/junk

  2. Wilson says:


    (I can’t take credit. A friend of mine that I shared this with pointed it out.)

    • Gabriel A. Cánepa says:

      That is correct. Thank you for bringing this to our attention.
      Please correct the typo in the title.

  3. jamie says:

    $ Carat
    $ ^at^et

  4. Gabriel A. Cánepa says:

    Feel free to use this tip if it is helpful. If you feel more comfortable using the arrow keys and correcting the command, feel free to do so as well. This was just a tip :)

  5. Peter says:

    Very good to know! Thanks a lot! We can even do more simpler than that.
    For instance:
    $ nestat -npltu | grep 22
    $ ^ne^net

  6. Phil b says:

    I see the benefit if you are using many pipes or parameters, but it still only works for the most recent command. I think I would still simply use the up arrow once and a correction rather than typing the carat mistype, carat, and correct command.

  7. Phil b says:

    Seems like it would be simpler to type the correct command. Instead of a carat, the mistype, a carat, and then the correct command

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