I was thinking of making this post a reply to Dave Benham's post "Improved
portableshell.bat for Strawberry Perl".
However, I'm not at all sure that the issue I've been facing is related to
the issues Dave has raised.
I have 8 separate installations of Strawberry Perl, each with their own
A month or two back I discovered that the "up" and "down" arrow (history)
keys were no longer working on these "portableshell.bat" shells. That is, I
could no longer use those keys to go back and forth through the previous
commands that I had run - pressing those keys did absolutely nothing.
This affected only the "portableshell.bat" shells - and it affected all 8 of
The history keys were still working fine with shells opened up by clicking
I'm quite sure that the history keys originally worked fine in the
"portableshell.bat" shells, and that they became non-functioning no more
than 3 months ago.
Today, I opened up one of the "portableshell.bat" shells, and noticed that
the following environment variables were set for portableshell, but unset
So, in the open "portableshell.bat" shell, I cleared both of those
environment variables (but only for the open shell) - and the history keys
immediately started working fine again.
I then reset those 2 environment variables to their original values - and
the history keys continued to work.
I then opened each of the other 7 "portableshell.bat" shells - and the
history keys immediately worked correctly for them, too.
It's as though the momentary clearing of those environment variables toggled
something on this (Windows 7) machine that switched the history keys back on
for the Strawberry Perl shells.
So, the problem has been fixed but I still don't understand it at all - nor
do I know how to re-create it.
Any explanations ?
Oddly, the usages of '#' (discussed at
that ultimately led to Dave's post to this list also involve references to
"drive" and "drivep".