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I have got used to using tab-autocompleting inside braces without expanding in zsh. This was possible, while I used zsh with a basic grml-config. Since I migrated to oh-my-zsh, I can't reproduce this behaviour.


$ touch dir/{some_file,other_f<TAB>}

The behaviour I want:

$ touch dir/{some_file,other_file}

The behaviour I get:

$ touch dir/some_file dir/other_f

Instead of autocompleting, a tab expands the braces, defeating the purpose of the brace expansion, whenever I tab for any of the filenames.

I have searched for an answer in the manpages and the zsh-sites for anything relevant, but I couldn't find anything satisfying. Since I am still fresh to zsh, I am not sure, what to look for exactly, though.

I would appreciate any pointers on where to find any explanations relevant to this question. Thank you in advance for any helpful input!

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That's not the default zsh behavior. It's presumably something that oh-my-zsh does. I don't know what option would do this. – Gilles Sep 23 '12 at 2:03
Are you sure it's not because the braces are closed, when they are still open I get the behavior you want. – Thor Sep 23 '12 at 11:10
@Thor This answers my problem! Thank you! – user23746 Sep 23 '12 at 12:28
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As Thor pointed out in his comment, the autocompletion in braces only works, until you put the closing brace.


  • touch dir/{some_file,other_f<TAB>(without the closing brace!) autocompletes the filename, so you get touch dir/{some_file,other_file

  • touch dir/{some_file,other_f<TAB>}(with the closing brace!) expands the braces first, so you get touch dir/some_file dir/other_f

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