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command line pasteboard string storage


Historian is a simple command line utility for storing strings or blocks of UTF8 encoded text. Think of it as a semi-manually managed non-volatile multi-buffer pasteboard for your terminal.



  • multiple pasteboard support

  • supports unix piping for adding text

  • output can be by line or in its entirety

  • aliases can be set for quick access when another pasteboard is active


    Historian works best when installed as a global module:

    npm -g install historian

    On installation, Historian comes with one pasteboard titled pasteboard.

    Historian currently relies on the default relative locations of the conf and var directories installed with the module. This will probably be changed in a future release to improve usability.


    Historian's usage and arguments can be invoked by running:

    hijs --usage

    To list the current pasteboards available for use:

    hijs -l

hijs ls

To create or use a pasteboard:

hijs -u [name]

Newly created pasteboards are not created on disk until data is added. If you switch to another pasteboard, the current will be disregarded if it has no contents.

You can examine details about the active pasteboard by running:

hijs -e

hijs -e

This will return the name, total entries, and total characters.

Adding to a pasteboard is easy:

hijs -a string

You can also use the output from something else:

echo 'I need to remember this!!' | hijs

or maybe a log:

hijs piping

You can output the whole pasteboard with:

hijs -p

or a specific line:

hijs -p 10

You can also assign aliases to certain strings for easy access. These are stored independently of historian's other pasteboards:

hijs --alias alias_name striiiing

You paste aliases with:

hijs -p alias_name

Or you can get a little fancier if you're doing something like running multiple dev instances or whatever I don't know:

hijs alias piping

The front end source will end up in the pasteboard:

hijs -p

hijs ls

License: MIT

Readme art by Bobby Fasel