TIL: Double shebang


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Somewhere around 2020, I learned about the !! command in bash. This command is a part of history expansion in bash, and it allows you to repeat the last command that was executed. It can be particularly useful when you forget to run a command with the necessary permissions and want to rerun it with, for example, sudo.


Imagine you are trying to edit a configuration file and forget to run the command with administrative permissions. Here’s how the ”!!” command can help:

nvim /etc/nginx/conf.d/*.conf
# error when saving due to lack of permissions
sudo -E !!
# This will rerun the previous command with sudo, i.e., 'sudo -E nvim /etc/nginx/conf.d/*.conf'

This can save time and reduce the risk of typing errors. The !! command can be a handy addition to your bash toolkit!