workbench usability bug: command history (via up-arrow) (enhancement)?

Issue #1779 resolved
created an issue

Bug? Feature?

It would be extremely helpful if the Output Log (command line) window of Workbench had a built-in command history, one which could be run through using the up arrow key.


This is a usability feature that is common place for both the Linux and Windows community, and for most other command line communities (Matlab, R, Octave, etc.). This is the way most console / shells work. See for example:

Use Case 1

Often, getting a command right with all of the right options is a bit of an iterative process. You type something in, either there's a minor typo, or you forgot a required option. So the command doesn't run or there's an error message. It is somewhat of an annoyance to have to re-type the entire thing. Up-arrow is what you'd expect (instead of having the cursor scroll up.)

Use Case 2 Many commands in hg produce lengthy output. E.g. hg status. This wipes out what you may have done two or three commands back. Being able to up-arrow and scroll through history would be an easy way of recalling what you did.

Bug (not enhancement)?

I'm tempted to call this a usability BUG instead of an enhancement. Certainly, no mature command line interfaces that I've seen (except extremely primitive / defective ones) have been without a command line history...

Comments (3)

  1. AKE_maths reporter

    Thanks Yuya. Enhancement sounds good. Look forward to your next update! Let me know if you want me to help with testing or anything. (Can't offer much coding help, since my background is Ruby, not Python.)

  2. Yuya Nishihara

    docklog: add command history (closes #1779)

    It is now possible to use the up and down arrows to perform an incremental search (backwards or forward) through the previous commands that were typed into the output log.

    In addition: - Pressing "TAB" shows the commands whose beginning matches the currently typed command text. - Pressing "ESC" while the cursor is at the command prompt clears the current command prompt text. - Pressing "ESC" while the cursor is not at the command prompt moves the cursor to the command prompt, keeping the command prompt text if any.


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