I use nslookup daily, and I find the fact that I can’t access previous commands or the command history inside nslookup command prompt frustrating to say the least. Looking for a solution, I stumbled across an apple.stackexchange.com question and answer and solved the annoyance.
In Debian, do the following (as root, or with sudo):
apt-get install rlwrap
This will install the rlwrap utility, to enable readline support to apps that don’t support it natively.
Afterwards, run nslookup through rlwrap:
Now arrow keys, reverse history (Ctrl+r) work nicely, which saves a lot of keystrokes and copy/paste 🙂
apt-cache search ^rlwrap$ rlwrap - readline feature command line wrapper
To avoid wasting keystrokes, you can create an alias in your shell login file. I added the following line to my ~/.bashrc:
alias nslookup='rlwrap nslookup'
Exit the shell and login again or simply do the following to have the change effective in the current shell (applies to bash shell):