Take the 2-minute tour ×
Unix & Linux Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for users of Linux, FreeBSD and other Un*x-like operating systems.. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Just push TAB, the terminal gives me this:

Display all 2637 possibilities? (y or n)

What indeed does the TAB do for me?

share|improve this question

1 Answer 1

It's trying to auto-complete the command for you, and since you've typed nothing it's offering to show you every possibility in your path (i.e. 2,637 executable commands). The more characters you type, the fewer possibilities you'll get (or it'll fully complete if there's only one).

share|improve this answer
    
Yeah, I understand TAS is trying to complete what I want to type. But what essentially does it mean in my senariao? –  Anders Lind Sep 4 '12 at 22:07
3  
That there are 2,637 executable commands in your path. Enter 'y' and it'll display them all. –  teppic Sep 4 '12 at 22:08
    
okay.Thank u teppic –  Anders Lind Sep 4 '12 at 22:08

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.