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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Clever complete of .c and .o

I would like that bash completes my command vim myPrTab to vim myProgramName.c even if the current folder also contains a file called myProgramName.o, since 99.9% of the time I want to open the source ...
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zsh: Tab completion for function with Git commands

In zsh I am using the following function to delete a local and a remote branch with one command: gpDo () { git branch -d "$1" && git push --delete origin "$1" } Currently, auto-...
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Why is my tab complete running slowly [duplicate]

I've recently noticed that the tab complete in my terminal is running rather slowly (maybe 1-2 seconds but it used to be a lot quicker, and it's quite annoying as I tab complete a lot). I used another ...
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Use same colors in bash tab complete and ls [duplicate]

Bash is using a different color for tab completion than ls. For example, my ls command uses a red color for a broken symlinks (I'm using dircolors to configure it), but if I use ls Tab, the color is ...
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Why is there an upper limit to tab completion's “display all 3197 possibilities?”

I have a directory containing many (.pdb) files--9917 of them. I wanted to count them to make sure that they were all there (the download said there would be 9917). When I cd into the directory and ...
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Search bash history for already typed command

When I type ctrl+r and then start typing I can see what commands in the history match which is great. Now is there a way to search the history on commands I have already typed in the terminal? For ...
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How can I configure zsh completion to launch a menu - for command options?

If I am cd'ing into a directory, there is a setting in my ~/.zshrc that tells zsh to always launch a menu when I hit tab on an ambiguous completion, e.g. ~% cd /etc/a tab will immediately cause a ...
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How to get bash tab completion to work with read only file system?

I have deliberately configured the file system of my RaspberryPi (Raspbian - Jessie) to be read only. One of the things that's not (yet) working is tab (aka auto) completion in bash, where I often get ...
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Bash completion for `unrar`

When bash-completion is loaded, unrar x completes after pressing tab to RAR-archives in the directory. But for multipart archives with the new naming convention, like Filename.part01.rar ...
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How to pipe bash completion suggestions? [duplicate]

I am trying to save bash completion suggestions to use them. So, I am trying to simulate two tabs and pipe the result to something else. I am looking for something like: $ getCompletions git ...
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bash completion very incomplete on centos 7

I have installed bash completion using yum install --enablerepo=epel bash-completion. While it works for some basic commands (git & yum), I am missing a large part of the completers. My /etc/...
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Is it possible for bash/readline to “clean up” completion suggestions out the terminal?

If you are using zsh and do a tab completion for commands, pathnames, options etc, whenever there are multiple potential matches the suggestions will be displayed below the prompt. Once you chose a ...
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Is it possible to configure bash to autocomplete with one tab like zsh?

As most people here know, when using bash at the command prompt if you partially type a file name a command or an option to a command etc, bash will complete the word if there is exactly one match. ...
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sudo: nocorrect: command not found

I am using zsh and oh-my-zsh on Arch Linux. I am not able to make directory using mkdir edward@ArchLinux ~ $ sudo mkdir -p /samba/raspberry [sudo] password for edward: sudo: nocorrect: command ...
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Calling zsh completion function and obtaining its results

I'm trying to make use of zsh's completion widgets in my own scripts. At one point I'd like have access to the result of every completion that is active in zsh, or rather I want to obtain the final ...
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Prevent customized bash autocomplete from affecting io redirection (< and >)

I've used complete -W 'firstdatabase databasetwo etc' mysql to save a list of databases, so that I can autocomplete them using the mysql command. However, in many cases I would type mysql db < /...
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Implement a shell in a bash script [closed]

I am trying to emulate a shell in a bash script, like this: cmd_shell() { while true; do read -e -p 'pass> ' command run_cmd $command done } It works ok, and the option -...
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Bash tab completion not working within symlinked directory

I'm working with Bash 4.2.46 on RHEL7 with the bash-completion packages installed, but I seem to have found an odd corner case where tab completion doesn't seem to work as expected. I have a set of ...
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Automatically add slash when navigating through symlink

I use symlinks a lot and pretty much linked my whole home directory into a folder .other or .dotfiles. When I'm im my home directory and try to got into the folder .config/, its actually a symbolic ...
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Autocomplete from grep output

How might I more easily use a filename found by grep as an argument to vim: $ grep -r foo * lib/beatles/john.c lib/pantera/phil.c lib/pinkfloyd/roger.c lib/pinkfloyd/richard.c lib/whitestripes/...
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How do I write a custom filename completer for specific directories in zsh?

I've found that file names with dates before the title are difficult to tab-completion. I'd like to write custom completion functions for these directories. How do I specify that the completer should ...
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Linux shell that allows you to choose from tab completion

This is an odd question, and I don't have a lot of information to provide but .. I recall seeing a Linux terminal that had a feature which allowed its user to choose between the options listed from a ...
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Strange directories in /home

There are some strange directories appearing in /home (so far, maybe in other locations too). These directories do not show up in ls but do with bash's tab autocomplete, when doing things like cd. ...
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Can I auto-complete by tab in zsh with regular expression

I use oh-my-zsh configuration. When I want to auto-complete, I need to first type correctly the initial letter. For example go, then tab will give google-chrome. If I type *le-ch*. It didn't work. How ...
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Can I clear an env var during bash completion?

I use bash completion from https://bash-completion.alioth.debian.org/ and some vendor supplied scripts too (eg. https://github.com/git/git/blob/master/contrib/completion/git-completion.bash) I also ...
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Why is zsh seemingly ignoring no_list_beep?

I have zsh (5.1.1) on OS X (10.10.4), and am using oh-my-zsh with various plugins. When I type e.g. ls z in a directory with multiple items starting with z, zsh beeps and then displays an ...
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Bash tab complete with non-first token in command substitution $(…) throws error

Using tab completion on the first command in $(...) cat $(w When I hit tab I get potential completions as usual. $ cat $(w w wc which wicd-client ...
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What's the intended use case for COMPLETE_ALIASES in zsh?

For some months now, I have had setopt completealiases in my .zshrc. I haven't the faintest idea why I added it - most other things have comments or can be understood from neighbouring settings. ...
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How to use bash's complete or compgen -C (command) option?

When creating shell completion functionality in bash, it seems like the -C option would be powerful and common. It's defined like this: -C command command is executed in a subshell ...
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Bash: Tab completion with cdable_vars

I've been relying on this hack for jumping around in the file system for a couple of years before finding out today that I can do the same thing using native Bash by activating the option cdable_vars. ...
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Bash tab completion for aliases [duplicate]

I define a number of aliases for my git work flow. alias gs='git status' alias ga='git add -u' alias gaa='git add -A' alias gc='git commit' alias gr='git checkout --' alias gu='git reset HEAD' alias ...
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pmount hangs on BASH autocomplete

Whenever I try to use autocompletion in combination with pmount the terminal freezes until I abort via CTRL+C which leads to the autocompletion to actually be executed. Autocompletion works fine in ...
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mksh complete when moving to parent directory

I just installed the mksh and don't know how to solve one litte problem I have. When trying to change directory to the parent directory mksh does not complete when pressing "tab". Let me visualize: $ ...
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Dynamic zsh autocomplete for custom commands

I'm trying to write completion functions for some custom functions I wrote, but seem to be really struggling with even the most basic ones. An example function is: function eb_instances() { if [...
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zsh-completion: Completing two parts of an argument, separated by a colon

I'd like to set up zsh completion for a command which has a single argument of the form scheme:parameter. Suppose I have commands which can return all possible schemes, and all possible parameters. ...
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Reset Bash's memory used for auto-complete

After renaming a file to a similar name, I noticed TAB was still completing the old filename (if it matched the letters so far) and not showing the new one. No matter how many letters I typed, it ...
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Bash completion: separately show results from different sources

I have followed this tutorial to write my bash completion function. It has worked out just fine, but I was wondering if it is possible to separately show completions from different sources. For ...
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Disable printing all possibilities in tcsh on TAB

Earlier, in my shell, on pressing TAB, I would directly see the directory path completed to the best length possible. But now, after upgrading to centos-6 I see that it also prints all possible names ...
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Changing directories with Bash

I was wondering if there was an easier way to pick directories to cd to within one's current directory. For example, is there a way to just get a numbered list of the current directory and be able ...
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Bash autocompletion for an alias

This is in my .bashrc: alias p='sudo apt-get'; complete -F _apt_get p I've found the autocompletion only works if I've used autocompletion for apt-get at least once before trying to use it with the ...
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Strange Highlighting Color In ZSH Menu

I am using Arch Linux and zsh. When selecting options from a menu in zsh the color appears to be off when moving down in the list. For example after pressing the tab key twice after typing cd results ...
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Autocompletion: curbing the enthusiasm of a program

The people who package programs often seem to have an overly broad opinion as to the types of files their program will be used to open, as shown in the bash autocompletion setup that they create. For ...
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Bash/zsh tab autocomplete: Given initial command, ignore certain files in directory with autocomplete

What I'm asking is a little bit specific, and might be a different than other autocomplete questions on Unix Stackexchange. Suppose I have a directory that looks like this -rw-r--r-- 1 hlin117 staff ...
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Bash: redirect command argument completion [duplicate]

When you have written in the shell $ somecmd and double tab, you get all the suggestions that apply for that command. How can you redirect this output? I am aware of compgen, it seems to be able to ...
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Command argument completion of `~/bin/*` filenames from any directory in bash

A basic bash feature is the completion of commands stored in the various bin directories, regardless of the current working directory. This allows users to keep commands and binaries organized without ...
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How to implement dynamic bash auto completion

I have made a script that lists available projects. You can start a project by entering script start <project>. Now it would be great to enable autocompletion, so if you're entering start ...
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Prevent path autocompletion from using CDPATH in bash?

On my Mac, bash (version 3.2.53(1)) autocompletes command-line arguments using files only in the current directory. On a Linux machine at work, bash (version 4.1.2(1)) autocompletes command-line ...
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How do you make an alias or function that retains tab completion?

I made an alias to save some keystrokes with working with systemd: $ alias sctl='systemctl' However, this breaks tab completion for the subcommands. Is it possible to alias a command without ...
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When I press tab for autocomplete in bash I get: “Cannot parse arguments: unknown option -r” [duplicate]

My tab key's autocomplete function is not working. Instead, it spits out this error message: Cannot parse arguments: unknown option -r
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Start vi at the last line

I often find myself editing one of a set of configuration files by adding lines at the end. For editing I use vi (from bash) and currently use: vi +$(wc -c /home/john/master/tried.cfg) The above ...