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Recently I had to compile a latex file a few times, :!pdflatex filename.tex did the trick. But is there a way in normal mode to repeat commands like these which are in the recent history,but used repeatedly for a short time.

Setting keybinding to for :command is not what I am looking for, since the command is used only for a short time.

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    See :help @:. Is that what you mean? – Ralf Mar 13 at 20:23
  • Yes, thats what I was looking for. I did'nt know that these special registers existed for recording also. – GGJON Mar 14 at 7:25
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As Ralf mentions in the comments, the : register always contains the last colon command.

So, @: will replay the last command, and @@ should work after that.

In addition, you can :<Up> for command line history, or use q: for the command line window.

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    Also: If you enter :!p<Up> it will only fetch commands from the history, that begin with !p. – Ralf Mar 14 at 8:18

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