A feature provided by interactive programs such as shells and text editors that inserts text to complete a word or phrase that the user is likely intending to compose.

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Writing a tab completion script for bash

I made a shell script that reads input from user and kills a process. But in bash if the user presses Tab key then bash suggests some keyword or file names. My script however doesn't suggest anything. ...
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How do I get bash completion for command aliases?

I am looking to get tab-completion on my command line aliases, for example, say I defined the following alias : alias apt-inst='sudo aptitude install' Is there a way to get the completions ...
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Bash completion - How to get filename completion for suboptions

I have a function which can take main arguments and then sub-arguments. Some of these sub-arguments are filenames. The current completion code I have is as follows. _scm() { local cur prev opts ...
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zsh case-insensitive mid-word completion

I have the following in my .zshrc for case-insensitive tab completion. I encountered a situation where the tab completion fails, and I can't figure out why. autoload -U compinit && compinit ...
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refresh bash tab completion

I have a script for auto-completing my ssh-hosts. If I change my ~/.ssh/config the auto-completion is not updated automatically, though. This does not surprise me. In a new shell, the new entry is ...
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Run a command in background that sets env var or define function

> export foo=1 & [1] 9016 [1] + done export foo=1 > echo $foo > I know when running a command with & you spawn a new process and the export foo=1 is not setting env vars in ...
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Install an additional completion function for bash

I have never used bash completion of todo.txt cli; however, I have decided to give it try. On the author's github, it says: (Optional, since v 2.9:) Install the Bash completion, either system-wide, ...
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Autocomplete server names for SSH and SCP

I have a few servers configured in ~/.ssh/config, such as alpha and beta. How might I configure Bash such that the commands ssh al<tab> and scp file.tgz al<tab> autocomplete the names of ...
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How to enable double tab autocompletion list in csh?

I've worked in Linux before where when I press tab it autocompletes until it becomes ambiguous. If I pressed tab twice at that point it would give me a list of all possible completions. My current ...
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Bash autocomplete: does not list files or directories

In my bash terminal, I would usually press tab twice to get the file and folder list. For instance cat 2XTAB would list all files and folders in the present directory and cd Proj2XTAB would list all ...
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Making zsh filename completion case-insensitive everywhere

I have the following line in my zshrc to make filename completions case-insensitive: zstyle ':completion:*' matcher-list 'm:{a-zA-Z}={A-Za-z}' This works most of the time but I’ve noticed that if I ...
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How to implement package install suggestion on Debian?

I have noticed that while on Ubuntu, if I type the following: mc and it isnt installed, I get the message below: The program 'mc' is currently not installed. You can install it by typing: sudo ...
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Is it possible for bash completion to cycle through the alternatives?

When using bash completion and an a number of characters have been entered, tabbing ceases to work then the prefix you have typed is matched by more than one of the possibilities. Is there a way to ...
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Zsh gpg2 autocompletion

I am using zsh with oh-my-zsh on OSX. I installed gnupg2 from homebrew giving me the executable gpg2. Unfortunately zsh auto completion appears to only support gpg (even though that executable is not ...
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Specify “any sequence of digits” to ‘compgen’

How can I get compgen to return matches for “any valid sequence of digits”? The Bash compgen command is used to generate completion matches in Bash programmable completion. There are many options for ...
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How to debug and fix slow autocomplete in bash?

After a recent update (Ubuntu 12.04 LTS), TAB complete on the command line is slow. After entering a partial command (e.g evi [TAB]) or partial filename (e.g. evince somedocu[TAB]) the shell, ...
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Can the command completion for `cd` be modfiied to only show directories and ignore files?

When I am in a directory in bash, and I press cd Space Tab, it shows everything in the directory as a possibility. (Show all 1000 possibilities?) This is really cumbersome when I am in a directory ...
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Combining zsh’s tab completion with case insensitivity

I have zsh 5.0.7 configured to use case-insensitive tab completion with zstyle ':completion:*' matcher-list 'm:{a-zA-Z}={A-Za-z}' The problem I’m having is that this case insensitivity often leads ...
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I want to create a cron job that runs a command on a remote linux box using ssh but I want ssh to answer password [duplicate]

Thank you for the reply.This is not what I am after. The ssh from server 0 to (1,2,3) (no password) but a remote script on server (1,2 & 4 ) which starts a service/application needs a password for ...
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Tab autocompletion of accented characters with oh-my-zsh doesn't work

I am not able to properly display autocompleted filenames that contain accented characters like ã in my shell configuration of zsh and oh-my-zsh. I've created a filename cão.txt to demonstrate this ...
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How to output string completions to stdout?

Some of the git commands have many options, and it would often be useful to search through them for the one I need - I was just looking for the option which controls the TAB width in git-gui, but ...
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Seeing file names in SCP

I'm using scp to copy files from a remote server to a local one. What's really uncomfortable is that I need to type the file path precisely. I'm used to relying on autocompletion, because file names ...
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How can I complete a -N numeric parameter?

I'm writing an autocomplete script for supervisorctl. Is it possible to complete a numeric parameter such as -6, -999 etc? Currently my call to _arguments looks like, which doesn't work: _arguments ...
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How can I loop over possible completions? [duplicate]

I'd like to be able to get my hands on an array of possible completions for a given partial command. For example, the partial command service um has the following possible completions: $ service ...
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can we use something better than more for tab completion?

more is not as convenient as less. Is it possible to use something better than more for tab completion, when ls and then tab? Thanks.
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Broken git autocompletion after I have overridden the git command

Recently git branch <tab> started showing me the following error: $ git branch bash: -c: line 0: syntax error near unexpected token `(' bash: -c: line 0: `/usr/bin/git --git-dir=.git ...
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oh-my-zsh completion on home directory names

I recently switched to zsh from bash, and I'm using oh-my-zsh. There's a completion behaviour I don't want: in any directory, the list of autocompletion candidates seems to include the names of all ...
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Bash Auto-Completion feature for SSHing into Different Hosts

I have big list of servers which I normally ssh to all the time. Is there any way using bash or zsh so that I can keep the list of hostname and bash auto-completion goes through the file and gives me ...
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How to get tab completion when using curly braces in Bash

I want to have tab completion when using curly braces in a command in bash. For example: cp ~/html/{foo bar.txt whatever} /var/www/html/ I want the tab completion for the files stated in the curly ...
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Zsh completion on the second command or after an alias?

I have changed my OS X Yosemite shell to Zsh and configured with "oh my zsh" plugins, recently i installed proxychains-ng to proxy command line tools, but i found zsh completion does not work on the ...
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When using zsh tab-completion, Ignore CDPATH if a local file or directory matches

I love Z shell's tab completion with CDPATH, but sometimes it's overkill. I'd like it to only kick in as a fall-back if nothing in the local directory matches. For instance, I was just in ...
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Disable bash tab completion

Is it possible to disable bash's autocomplete on pressing tab? The reason I want to do this is that I often paste code from an editor where I use the tab character instead of a number of spaces for ...
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Bash tab completion expands “~” into “/home/___” when it didn't before

Previously, if I typed ~/biTab, before, it would turn into ~/bin. However, today it started turning ~/biTab into /home/username/bin. I would rather have it the former, but I'm not sure what happened ...
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How to set proper monitoring of my services in a automated way? So that if one crash it auto on the fly restarts?

How can i setup monitoring to my system services? Either using automated script which scan every moment, if httpd, mysqld, and my custom daemon is running or not, if not running it will automatically ...
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bash completion: how to complete a list of hosts for a specific argument?

My programm can have the following format: <command_name> <arguments> <options> -hosts <host1> <host2> ... <hostn> (<more_arguments>) ... I am trying to set ...
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How to remove a filename from bash completion, based on its suffix?

Apologies if this is a duplicate, but I'm (unsuccessfully) trying to edit the bash completion options for vim. Specifically, when editing a LaTeX document, there are lots of supplementary files which ...
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Keep the space after completion for some characters in zsh

Zsh has a bit of completion-related automation that's nice most of the time: after pressing Tab, a space is inserted automatically (or some other appropriate character such as , inside braces). I ...
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exclude particular file from bash_completion

I have a simple bash_completion code. The only thing it does, is when I type grcat and then Tab, it offers to complete filenames from /etc/grcat. _grcat() { local word COMPREPLY=() if [ 1 ...
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How to associate exstension with program so that it works with tab complete

I use texmaker to edit my LaTeX (.tex) documents. I also use texmaker for other things, but 90% of the time I just want to open a .tex document. If I want to open document.tex, I usually just write ...
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Escaping output in tcsh completion by program

How do I escape output in the program providing completion? Suppose: tcsh% complete foo 'p/*/`mycomp`/' And mycomp is a Perl program printing this: #!/usr/bin/perl print "one\n"; print "two ...
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tcsh completion questions

I come from bash and am looking into tcsh's tab completion feature. 1) Is it correct that tcsh cannot delegate completion to a shell function (the way bash does with 'complete -F _func cmd')? 2) ...
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Why can't I use tab expansion/auto-complete of shell variables with cd?

I have setup a variable in .bashrc: export SOME_DIR=/path/to/some/dir Now, with ls I can type ls $SOME_DIR[tab] and the variable will be expanded, and I can then use tab for auto-completion when ...
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oh-my-zsh style completion for directory/file paths without oh my zsh

I had oh-my-zsh installed for a while, and I could type a full path using only one letter, then press tab to case-insensitively autocomplete the whole thing. For example, if I had a file at ...
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Is there anyway to get COMPREPLY to be output as a vertical list of words instead in a single line?

COMPREPLY by default returns a space separated list of words, but I'd like to have it return a single word per line. I've tried putting newlines at the ends of the words and have looked through the ...
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Modify bash autocomplete rule to exclude particular file names

I want to modify the existing vi bash autocompletion rule to exclude some filenames (for example, the config.log file). I tried using the FIGNORE environmental variable, but that didn't work. Using ...
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Assign both menu-complete and dynamic-complete-history to TAB

Is there a way for me to assign both menu-complete and dynamic-complete-history to Tab (or one to Tab and the other to Tab-Tab) in .inputrc? I'm thinking there might be a way to setup a function and ...
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How to get the equivalent of tcsh's enhanced completion in bash?

In the tcsh manpage, the effects of set complete = enhance are defined as follows: [...] completion 1) ignores case and 2) considers periods, hyphens and underscores ('.', '-' and '_') to be word ...
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Cannot get 'match-hidden-files' to work

I have been trying to get 'match-hidden-files' to work on bash 4.3.11, but I can't. I wanted to make sure it's not something I'm doing wrong. $ grep match-hidden-files .inputrc set ...
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Auto-Complete and Shortcut Keys for Linux

I'm looking for something that will allow me to type anywhere, on anything and for this software to auto-complete. I used FastKeys on Windows which would also allow you to do custom shortcuts to open ...
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why completion does not work for all aliases?

In my .bash_aliases file I have couple of aliases, like -- shopt -s expand_aliases alias emx='emacs' alias em='emacs -nw' alias gv='gvim' alias v='vi' alias ev='evince' when I use them and press ...