ircII help: !

Usage: ![<history number>|<history match>]
  The ! command is used to recall previous commands in your command
  history for re-execution.  The ! command is unique in that when it
  is used, it leaves the matching history entry in the input line for
  re-editing.  You can specify a history entry either by its number
  in the history list, or by a match with a given wildcard expression.
  For example:
  will put entry 10 in the history list into the input line.  
  The following:
  will search the history list for a line beginning with /MSG and
  put it in the input line (an * is implied at the end of /MSG).  When
  using ! command with a wildcard expression, subsequent uses of
  the ! command continue their search in the history list from where 
  they left off.  This is reset to the end of the list when a command
  is executed that adds an entry to the history list. Also, if a
  wildcard expression is used once, subseqent uses of ! with no
  expression will use the previous wild card expression.  For example,
  the following:
  The first call returns the first match of /MSG in the history list, 
  and the second returns the next match, and so on.  This is useful 
  in the following key binding:
    BIND ^R PARSE_COMMAND /!$"Search: "
  With this, you can hit ^R and you will be prompted for a search
  string in the history list.  If you want to then repeat the search
  you simply have to hit ^R and hit return, since it will use
  the previous search by default.
  Lastly, ! may be used in command aliases as well.  When it is
  embedded in an alias it simply executes the matching history entry
  without first putting it in the input line for re-editing.

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