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I want to quickly access recently visited files with ivy/counsel. In my init.el I have:

(use-package counsel
  :bind (("M-x" . counsel-M-x)
         ("C-x b" . counsel-switch-buffer)
         ("C-x C-f" . counsel-find-file)
         :map minibuffer-local-map
         ("C-r" . counsel-minibuffer-history)))

When I start Emacs and hit C-x C-f C-r I see a list of files I visited ... but from weeks ago. When I visit a file not in this list and check afterwards, it shows up there. But if I kill Emacs and restart it, I always end up with the "original" list, meaning my actions during the last sessions are forgotten.

Comming from here I also made sure I have

(savehist-mode 1)

but to no effect.

What am I missing? I am pretty sure it was working a while ago. I suppose some changes to my init-file are responsible. I checked carefully but found nothing. Any ideas what to look out for?

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  • Does this answer your question? How do I persist M-x calls so they can be displayed in MRU order?
    – Drew
    Commented Nov 8, 2022 at 21:09
  • The question is a dup (probably of more than one question). Customize option savehist-additional-variables.
    – Drew
    Commented Nov 8, 2022 at 21:10
  • @Drew The docs of savehist-additional-variables state, I don't have to add minibuffer history variables. Nevertheless I tried (with counsel-minibuffer-history and file-name-history). But the problem persists.
    – Durtal
    Commented Nov 8, 2022 at 21:48

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I think you need to set up and activate recentf. Here is a sample config:

(use-package recentf
  :init
  (setq recentf-exclude '("synctex" "log$"))
  (setq recentf-max-saved-items nil ;save all the items!
    )
  :custom (recentf-auto-cleanup "1 min")
  :config
  (recentf-mode))

Finally, put

(setq ivy-use-virtual-buffers t)

in your ivy config to ensure that ivy knows to include recentf results.

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  • Nope, the problem persists.
    – Durtal
    Commented Nov 8, 2022 at 21:35
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There was some confusion with the savehist-file variable. I don't know how this happened or why it didn't work with the customized setting. I changed it to its default value and now everything seems to work again.

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