How to fix and recover a “corrupt history file” in zsh


After a reboot, I started seeing a message when loading the shell:

zsh: corrupt history file /home/myusername/.zsh_history

How can I recover from this situation and potentially recover some of the history?

Best Answer

Found a blog post describing a fix that appears to work for me, while restoring my missing history:

mv .zsh_history .zsh_history_bad
strings .zsh_history_bad > .zsh_history

Afterwards, you may want to instruct zsh to re-read the history form the recovered history file

fc -R .zsh_history
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