Ahh ... makes sense - thought that would help :
I tried the echo experiment with cmdhist set and it put echo into history file as one (multi-line) entry - now reading it back in ... is a whole other beast ... this does not do exactly what you require but it does allow multi-line liners to be read back in as one line:
after the first $hist substitution in addhist.pl :
$hist =~ s/\s+/ /gm;
so I can now add (from history output):
601 perl -MYAPE::Regex::Explain -e 'print
perl -MYAPE::Regex::Explain -e 'print YAPE::Regex::Explain->new(qr/(aa
to my ~/.oneliners file = thank you again for posting this script - I am a big fan of oneliners and this script is a big help in keeping them around longer than my histsize ...