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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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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TAB autocomplete in Bourne Shell

I don't know how to get the TAB key to autocomplete filenames, commands, or anything at all. I'm on a Unix-like system (OS/390) and depend on several scripts that work in sh (Bourne shell, not BASH),...
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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 ...
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Bash completion function for vim 'scp://' Paths

For easily editing remote files with vim, I currently use a few .vimrc and .bashrc additions to my environment. The bash-scripting side of it "misuses" the available standard _scp bash completion ...
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Can I ignore __pycache__ directories in bash-completion and grep?

I've ignored __pycache__ in my git repos and in vi's wildmenu. The last place these directories pollute my workflow is when recursively grepping through project files and when using tab auto-...
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vim no tab completion in bash

When in shell, running vim <anything> and pressing tab, doesn't auto complete or show the list of the available files. Although it auto completes for the directory names, but not the file names. ...
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how to edit and color bash's tab completion list

Following is what i would like to have. When the tab completion is ambiguous, and bash prints the list of possibilities. I would like it to colour the next character I should press inside every word ...
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Autocompletion for Makefile rules in tcsh

I'm using tcsh in a SUSE 11 box and I realized that when typing makeTab it allows me to auto-complete the rules available within the Makefile, not the files that are inside the current directory. ...
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Why does man page completion fail after su?

I have a default Debian 8.1 installation. I do su man apt<TAB> but get nothing. I do see the manual when I write man apt-get in both modes: as user mas and as root. However, tab ...
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Tmux bash completion code walk-through

if [[ $COMP_CWORD -le $cmd_index ]]; then # The user has not specified a command yet local all_commands="$(tmux -q list-commands | cut -f 1 -d ' ')" COMPREPLY=( ${COMPREPLY[@]:-...
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How can I reset the bash filename completion for “more”?

I've done something that has changed the way TAB auto-complete works, but only for the more command. Every other command lists the possible completions, but more now lists ALL of the possibilities ...
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How to customize Bash command completion?

In bash, it's easy enough to set up customized completion of command arguments using the complete built-in. For example, if, for a hypothetical command with a synopsis of foo --a | --b | --c, you ...
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bash - ignore case but disallow autocomplete if ambiguous

Recently i face inconvenient when using bash auto complete with ignore case. Let's say i have this directories: [xiaobai@xiaobai test]$ l total 20K 3407873 drwx------. 60 xiaobai xiaobai 4.0K May 25 ...
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how to re-use existing completion with recent bash-completion?

i use alias which adds some parameters to some program. for example: alias git.home='git --git-dir=$HOME/.git.home/' complete -o bashdefault -o default -o nospace -F _git git.home \ 2>/dev/...
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Disable sorting of COMPREPLY in bash complete function

I have a list of words that should be present in the order of appearance in completion to a certain key, but bash seems to be internally sorting what is assigned to COMPREPLY array. How to avoid that? ...
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How can I ignore / remove / exclude autocompletions in zsh?

I usually use rs+[tab] to get rsync but it's showing three options (on a new system): ➜ $ rs rsh rsync rsyslogd I seldom use rsh or rsyslogd - how can I prevent these from appearing ...
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code review: automatic completion for bash aliases

I was reading How do I get bash completion for command aliases? and I thought, that the answer by Shawn J. Goff needed a little something: less user setup so I wrote a little script that is intended ...
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remove a host from the completion list for ssh in zsh

I once had some hosts named 'myhost', 'myhost1', etc. And now all those except 'myhost3' become invalid. I removed those from /etc/hosts and ~/.ssh/known_hosts, but zsh still completes them for me. Is ...
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g++ bash: warning: programmable_completion: g++: possible retry loop

When I type g++ and do tab completion for file listing, I get this warning **g++ bash: warning: programmable_completion: g++: possible retry loop** I googled it and so far no results . Can ...
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How to add a dir to fpath

I'm using zsh and prezto. I've adding the following line at the end of my .zshrc fpath=(/usr/local/share/zsh/site-functions $fpath) But unfortunately, the functions defined in this folder seems ...
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How does Bash auto completion work?

I can understand that bash auto completion works for standard utilities. But how does it do auto completion for custom programs like Oracle SQL loader? In the following command if you Tab after ...
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Unexpected Bash completion of ~ on OS X

I pressed ~TabTab on the bash command prompt and got an unexpected set of completions. First it looked like all the folks in the /Users directory, and a lot more. Then I thought it was doing the ...
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variable name lost when tab completing to export an environment variable with a path

I'm trying to setup an environment variable using tab completion, e.g. snowch$ export JAVA_HOME=/usr/lib/jvm/java-6-oracle/ I used to be able to tab complete the folders after typing the export ...
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How does Bash path completion work with sudo?

Tab path completion does not work (at least on Ubuntu and AFAIK Arch) with sudo mount <whatever> The iso file I am trying to mount is not in /etc/fstab. If I just type mount <whatever> ...
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bash completion in Posix mode

I would like to use an interactive Posix bash shell but the autocomplete feature doesn't work. When I type the Tab character it simply prints a tab. The tab completion works only when I'm in a non-...
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bash does not autocomplete my command when using sudo?

I'm using SaltStack. I would like to auto-complete the minion name when calling the salt command. The following line has been added into ~/.bashrc: complete -o default -o nospace -W "$(sudo ls -1 /...
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How do I trigger autocomplete without a tab key?

I'm ssh-ing to my machine using my iPhone with an app called ServerAuditior. It doesn't have tab key. See screenshot. How do I trigger autocomplete without the tab key? I don't want to type a lot of ...
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How do command-line tools have their own autocomplete list?

How does Bash in Ubuntu know a tool's specific list of actions? For example if I type apt-get and tab twice I only see remove, update, upgrade ...etc, but not the actions for another command or the ...
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Create bash completion script to autocomplete paths after is-equal sign?

I want to create a bash completion script which recognises arguments of the form --arg and --some-arg=file. After reading this tutorial and some examples in /usr/share/bash_completion/completions/, I'...
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Autocomplete issue in bash with equal sign (=)

I am trying to make autocomplete work and wroted a piece of code to demonstrate an issue I faced up: $ cat completion.sh function _completion_command() { compopt +o bashdefault +o default +o ...
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how to access through the matches in file-name completion?

In case of file-name completion, is there a way to access through the matches that get displayed after a double tab?
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Tab autocompletion and history in tcsh

I use tcsh, and I'd like to set up the following behaviour, which I've seen on some systems in the past. If I type !string TAB then: If the history contains a unique entry beginning with string, ...
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Completions stopped working after upgrading zsh

Previously I have been using this handy script with oh-my-zsh to set the tab color whenever I ssh into a machine: # iTerm2 window/tab color commands # http://code.google.com/p/iterm2/wiki/...
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How do I redirect command completion output?

On the command line, I can redirect or pipe output of a command to a file or another command using the > or | operator after the command. I have come across a less standard situation that I would ...
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Add slash suffix and not space for folder commands on bash auto-completion

What i expect my bash shell autocompletion to be like, % cd $HOM<TAB> -> cd $HOME/<CURSOR-HERE> What it does to me, % cd $HOM<TAB> -> cd $HOME<SPACE><CURSOR-HERE&...
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set -x doesn't print stack info for bash autocompletion

In my bash 4.2.46 and centos - 7.1.1503, I ran set -x (to print debug info). Now, if I type ls, it prints: + ls --color=auto a b c ++ printf '\033]0;%s@%s:%s\007' root sk-vbox '~' All well and ...
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Command-line completion from command history

So, I've looked at history and at Ctrl+R, but they are not what I thought I knew. Is there a way that I can type in the beginning of a command, and cycle through the matches in my history with some ...
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busybox tab completion in vi mode

When I use busybox and switch editing mode to vi via set -o vi then tab completion stops working. When I switch back set -o emacs then tab completion starts working again. # set -o vi # ls -l <TAB&...
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getting case insensitive completions with compgen in bash

I'm trying to get my command (devmode2) auto-completing with bash working with compgen -W, my bashrc has: _devmode2() { COMPREPLY=() local sonames=$(devmode2 --auto --current "${COMP_CWORD}" -...
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csh: setting command completion for `cd` to show both directories and files

In my csh terminal, when I do: ls tab -- it shows everything in the current directory as a possibility cd tab -- it shows only directories in the current directory as a possibility. If no ...
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zsh git command auto-complete add extra origin to the git branch name

After I clone a git repository locally, I want to switch branch to, says, 'ABCD'. $ git branch -a * master remotes/origin/ABCD remotes/origin/HEAD -> origin/master remotes/origin/master $ ...
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What's the magic that allows me to tab-complete remote files as I type an scp command?

Presumably this is a feature provided by some plugin I have enabled in my oh-my-zsh setup (I have been using zsh for many years now). I noticed ever since I added my public key to the server (now I ...
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Apt-get autocompletion

I am currently running 64-bit Debian Wheezy. I am having some trouble with auto completion for apt-get. I have bash-completion installed. If I am logged in as root in a shell, I can use auto ...
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Autocomplete of a file name in bash prompt

I usually put a date before a file or directory name similar to 2014-04-20 file_name.doc. So, in a folder there is usually a bunch of files and directories starting with a date. But when accessing ...