By default, rlwrap places its history files in your home directory;
thus if you use it often your home directory will get cluttered
with (hidden) files that have names like
To move these history files out of your home directory, you can use an environment variable,
As it says in rlwrap’s manpage,
rlwrap expects its history and completion files in $RLWRAP_HOME, but uses .dotfiles in the user’s home directory if this variable is not set. This will quickly become messy if you use rlwrap a lot.
So, to have rlwrap place its dotfiles not in your home directory,
RLWRAP_HOME, preferably in some initialization file for your shell.
If you use bash,
.bash_profile in your home directory will work well.
Add a line that looks something like this:
That’s the location I use, which conforms to the xdg directory spec.
Actually, to really conform I should be defining
RLWRAP_HOME in terms of
XDG_DATA_HOME, but this is close enough for now.
I decided arbitrarily that rlwrap history files qualified as data files, and not non-essential cached data (which could be wiped and regenerated).
If you think that history files are non-essential cached data, then you’d want to put them in
Whatever directory you use, make sure it exists; I don’t know what rlwrap will do if it doesn’t.