alias not showing up in bash history

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http://stackoverflow.com – HISTIGNORE variable is set to: export HISTIGNORE="&:ls*:reboot:pwd:exit:clear:[ \t]*" I have couple of Alias set. One of them is alias todo='emacs ~/Dropbox/Documents/todo.txt' None of them shows up in history. Not that I want them to show up in history, but what baffles me is, why the hell they do not show up in history. (HowTos)