Display current readline key and function bindings, bind a key sequence to a readline function or macro, or set a readline variable.
bind [-m keymap] [-lpsvPSV] bind [-m keymap] [-q function] [-u function] [-r keyseq] bind [-m keymap] -f filename bind [-m keymap] -x keyseq:shell-command bind [-m keymap] keyseq:function-name or readline-command
Each non-option argument is a command as it would appear in .inputrc, but each binding or command must be passed as a separate argument; e.g., '"\C-x\C-r": re-read-init-file'.
-m keymap Use keymap as the keymap to be affected by the subsequent bindings. Acceptable keymap names are emacs, emacs-standard, emacs-meta, emacs-ctlx, vi, vi-move, vi-command, and vi-insert. vi is equivalent to vi-command; emacs is equivalent to emacs-standard. -l List the names of all readline functions. -p Display readline function names and bindings in such a way that they can be re-read. -P List current readline function names and bindings. -s Display readline key sequences bound to macros and the strings they output in such a way that they can be re-read. -S Display readline key sequences bound to macros and the strings they output. -v Display readline variable names and values in such a way that they can be re-read. -V List current readline variable names and values. -f filename Read key bindings from filename. -q function Query about which keys invoke the named function. -u function Unbind all keys bound to the named function. -r keyseq Remove any current binding for keyseq. -x keyseq:shell-command Cause shell-command to be executed whenever keyseq is entered. When shell-command is executed, the shell sets the READLINE_LINE variable to the contents of the readline line buffer and the READLINE_POINT variable to the current location of the insertion point. If the executed command changes the value of READLINE_LINE or READLINE_POINT, those new values will be reflected in the editing state.
The return value is 0 unless an unrecognized option is given or an error occurred.
You can determine the character sequence emitted by a key by pressing Ctrl-v at the command line, then pressing the key you're interested in. Alternatively run the read command and then press the key(s) of interest, Control-c will return from the read builtin command.
The \e is the escape character, displayed as ^[ in the shell output.
bind is an internal command; bind key mappings can be abbreviated by ommiting the bind command and the outer set of single quotes.
Setup the shell to perform a history search when the Up and Down arrow keys are used. This allows typing part of a command and then using the arrows to select matching commands from history. (by default Up and Down will just select previous commands without any matching against history.)
bind '"\e[A":history-search-backward' bind '"\e[B":history-search-forward' bind '"\e[C": forward-char' bind '"\e[D": backward-char'
The last two bindings ensure that the left and right keys continue to work correctly.
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