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I am trying to get tab-completion working in Yum in CentOS 6 (so I can do something like yum install firefo<TAB> and get back firefox), and I have found many tutorials which say to simply do yum install bash-completion, but when I do this, I get this back:

Loaded plugins: fastestmirror, refresh-packagekit
Loading mirror speeds from cached hostfile
 * base:
 * extras:
 * updates:
Setting up Install Process
No package bash-completion available.
Error: Nothing to do

I am new to CentOS/Yum so I am lost- is there some repository I should add?

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CentOS needs to have EPEL Yum repository enabled in order to install bash-completion package.

See for details.

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There is only one command you have to get bash-completion:

yum install epel-release.noarch bash-completion.noarch
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thanks! this is all I needed – cwd Sep 16 at 2:30
  1. Download the bash-completion RPM


  2. Install the RPM

    rpm -ivh bash-completion-20060301-1.noarch.rpm

  3. Execute the command

    . /etc/bash_completion

  4. Now you can try the autocompletion

    yum ins — [TAB][TAB]

Edit: for Centos 6, you can grab this RPM

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