Node.js has included a persistent history with it’s REPL (real-eval-print loop)
for quite some time now. It’s a fantastic quality of life feature, and it even
supports reverse-i-search.

The other day, I got to wondering, where the heck does this history even live?

Turns out, it’s just living in a text file in your home directory, similar to
how bash and zsh handles it.

The file in question is, ~/.node_repl_history.

It contains a history, sans any sort of time of execution, of the commands
you’ve entered into the Node.js REPL. The most recent entries are at the top of
the file.

Since it’s just a simple text file, if you ever did want to clear the file out,
you could do so by running:

echo > ~/.node_repl_history
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