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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Custom autocomplete: deal with spaces in filenames

A bit of context, this question is a follow-up of this one: Bash remote autocompletion : change the 'starting' directory Anyway, I'm writing my custom autocompletion bash script: I want the ...
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Force Bash normal tab completion if intelligent completion fails

Since tab completion became a standard feature in shells I have been a very happy user of it. I even like Bash's intelligent completion (where it only searches for PDF files, if I type evince ...
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Phrase Express Equivalent for Linux?

Is there some sort of auto text-insertion program with macros, similar to PhraseExpress for Windows in Linux? In case you've never seen this application it offers the following features: Organize ...
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How do I set Zsh autocompletion rules for second argument (of function) to an existing command's rules?

I have a custom Zsh function g: function g() { # Handle arguments [...] } Within it, I handle short arguments that execute Git commands. For example: g ls # Executes git ls-files ... g g # ...
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Tab-completion within for loops not working

I'm either going crazy or about to ask a stupidly basic question. I appreciate your patience either way. Tab completion for executable command is not working within interactive for loops in bash. I ...
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autocomplete named directories

Autocompletion of a named directory doesn't seem to work before I use it the first time, as demonstrated by the following session: % setfoo() { foo=/etc; } % setfoo % cd ~fo<Tab> # doesn't ...
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Zsh completion of brew formulas

In OS X, is there any way to have Zsh (I'm using Oh-my-zsh) tab-complete formulas? E.g. $ brew install em<TAB> could expand to: $ brew install emacs
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Bash and Tab Auto-complete

I recently put Fedora Core 15 on my system, and I've had a behaviour change that I can't figure out. Using Tab-Complete in the BASH shell works fine except when I use the $HOME variable. If I type cd ...
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compgen warning: -C option not working as I expected

What is the correct way to use the compgen -C option? I'm trying to learn about Bash programmable completion, and in particular the compgen builtin function. I'm experimenting with the different ...
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Zsh ssh tab completion not working as expected on OS X

I use Zsh on two different machines (OS X and Ubuntu) and the tab completion for ssh does not work the same way. More specifically hosts specified in the file ~/.ssh/config is NOT used on OS X but it ...
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Add arguments when completing a command name

I am looking for a way to expand some predefined strings in the terminal when tab (or another key combination) is pressed. This is different from tab completion. My terminal already expands ~ to my ...
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How to change the target directory for tab completion?

I found a short script to enable note-taking on onethingwell, which includes this: function n { nano ~/n/$1.txt } I'd like to extend it to do tab completion, so that if I want to edit the ...
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ZSH autocompletion gives seemingly random errors after some time

My zsh autocompletion is broken in a strange way. For clean logins everything works but after some time I will get seemingly random autocompletion errors, for different "kinds" of autocompletion. ...
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Command line prediction

I've found an interesting paper: Predicting UNIX Command Lines about command-line prediction (based on user past activity), and I wonder if any actual implementation of such thing exists?
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Call vared and complete files from a different directory

I have the following zsh function which lets me edit symbolic links using the vared ZLE builtin. function lned { emulate zsh setopt err_return extended_glob local_options local_traps local -a ...
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Bash tab completion stop searching

When I am typing into bash and I press the "tab" key to auto complete, sometimes it takes a significant time. E.g., file IO to read directories takes >5 seconds, and thus I am hung waiting for IO to ...
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Manual tab completions in zsh

I would like nm[TAB] to expand to node_modules in zsh. Is this possible? How can it be done? Ideally, it wouldn't be triggered if there is another completion available, such as an already existing nm ...
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Command completion does not complete the files in the current directory

Something is wrong with my tab completion. Let's say I do this: cd test // works fine, go into test directory ls // works fine, displays all of the files Let's assume I have the following files: ...
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Bash autocompletion for an environment variable holding a directory name

I'm using, among other things, bash 4.2.37 on Linux Mint 14. When I autocomplete the name of an environment variable by typing Tab, it expands to the name of the variable followed by a space. If the ...
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Variable name completion in ksh

While I am in bash , I am able to do a tab complete with environment variable names, but with ksh I am not able to do so. How can I get it done with KSH? I am using mksh with cygwin.
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Zsh auto complete suggest complete functions (_git _vim etc)

I have a small annoyance with how zsh is doing complete suggestions for my commands. If I type the beginning of a command that I don't have installed and press tab it will suggest the completion ...
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How can I add autocomplete for “gem which” with rbenv?

I am using rbenv on Mac OS X. I have autocomplete functionality already for the gem command: $ gem build environment lock query stale cert fetch ...
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Tab completion of “../” in zsh

One noob question from a new zsh user: In bash, I can use tab-completion to move one directory up and descend down again another path. For example, suppose I'm in $HOME/folder1, and I want to cd to ...
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How to add pattern to bash completion (for unzip)?

When I type unzip <tab> I get a list of all files ending in .zip, which is the standard behavior of tab completion for the unzip command. However, I also want bash completion for unzip ...
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Zsh completion of hadoop commands

Hadoop has a range of commands and subcommands to specify different operations on MapReduce, HFS etc. (e.g. hadoop dfs can be followed by any command from this list). Is there any way to enable ...
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zsh completion and unknow bzr commands

ZSH's Bazaar completion does not offer any expansion/completion when it does not know the bzr subcommand I am using. In my case, I use bzr qlog but ZSH's /usr/share/zsh/5.0.2/functions/_bzr does not ...
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How to enable autocompletion for remote paths when using scp?

I remote copied a file to my laptop using: scp someFile USER@192.168.178.32:/home/USER/put/it/some/where/oh/damn/you/here I want to be able to autocomplete the remote path by hitting tab.
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Guess complete filename

I have some files with really long names lying around on my server and writing the complete names is kind of a pita so I'm asking if my Linux system (Debian 7) can guess the complete filename? I want ...
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bash_completion for initscripts

I have writen my own initscript /etc/init.d/myscript. I can start and stop my script with the service command service myscript start service myscript stop When I type service <TAB>, ...
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How to enable local ~ autocompletion for scp?

Too late: The machine, OS and configuration in question is no longer in use, so I can't verify any more suggestions. I have not encountered this problem in Fedora or Arch Linux. If you are having this ...
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How to cd open / autocomplete a folder that ends in a specific phrase

I have a folder with subfolders named like this: 1122334 important things 1122335 less important things 1122336 notes 1122337 pictures of kittens etc The numbers at the beginning are date codes. ...
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How to globally enable all of Gentoo's bash completions at once?

eselect bashcomp enable unfortunately seems to lack a --all option, and I certainly don't want to manually activate each of the 194 entries. Can this be automated somehow, and set up such that ...
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Tab auto completion doesn't work with apt-get install (kubuntu)

I've noticed a strange behavior of my shell on Kubuntu. Auto completion doesn't work well when I try to install new software. It works only for default commands (when I type "apt-get inst" and I press ...
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Make zsh completion show the first guess on the same line (like fish's)

In Fish when you start typing, autocompletion automatically shows the first autocompleted guess on the line itself. In zsh you have to hit tab, and it shows the autocompletion below. Is there anyway ...
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ZSH and completion of files with newline characters

I am experimenting with ZSH on nasty file names, especially file names with the newline character in it. Here is how I create them: $ touch "filename<hit return here> 1" $ touch ...
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FreeBSD csh, TAB to show available choices?

I am a newbie to FreeBSD. How can i configure csh or tcsh to show available choices by pressing TAB twice, just like bash?
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How can I get Bash to display the auto-completion definitions for a given command?

I use module command to load and unload stuff to my environment, some of the machines I use have proper auto-completion others do not. I'm wondering if I it possible to know where the completion ...
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Make zsh show autocomplete choices even when a possible match is entered

On my current system (openSUSE 12.3 with zsh 5.0.2) the autocomplete function does not give me a choice of possible completions if I have already entered a possible completion match. For example, if ...
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Zsh completion that is insensitive between `_` and `-`

I don't like typing underscores, and would like to type a dash instead, and have zsh autocompletion treat it like it could be either a dash or an underscore. Is this possible with built-in zsh ...
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Disable Bash autocompletion for a specific command only

Is it possible to disable Bash's autocompletion for a specific command only? Use case: For obvious reasons, I would like to disable autocompletion for the rm command when I'm root. It would also be a ...
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How do I store long hostnames list for SSH quick usage?

I have an SSH access to a lot of servers. And all that hostnames (and sometimes usernames) are long and hard to remember. Also even if I tweak my Terminal to keep eternal bash history, the using of ...
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prevent bash completion from altering underscore variable $_

When using tab completion in bash, the $_ variable is altered: $ mkdir test $ cd <TAB><TAB> $_ bash: cd: -d: invalid option cd: usage: cd [-L|[-P [-e]]] [dir] (The ...
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How can I autocomplete each parameter in a different way?

I have a function called load_pg, which is defined like this: load_pg () { pg_restore --verbose --clean --no-acl --no-owner -h localhost -U $1 -d $2 $3 } And I'm trying to autocomplete each ...
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Cancel completion, but only completion, in zsh

When a completion function takes a long time, I can interrupt it by pressing Ctrl+C (terminal interrupt key, sends SIGINT) or Ctrl+G (bound to send-break). I am then left with the uncompleted word. ...
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Select unicode filename in Bash

Ok; suppose I'm in Bash and I have several files in a folder. Several of them are named file☠☡☢☣.txt, where ☠☡☢☣ starts with crazy untypable unicode characters. How would I refer to one of them? ...
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Zsh completion for mounts (/run/media/DISK-LABEL)?

I am looking or zsh functionality to expand disk-labels into mountpoins: Example: I have disk with label DISK-LABEL1 mounted on /run/media/god/DISK-LABEL1. Is there a plugin which expands input ...
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Autocomplete newest file

I have a process which creates text files whose filenames are based on the timestamp of their moment of creation: $ ls 1378971222.txt 1378971254.txt 1378971482.txt 1378971488.txt 1378972089.txt ...
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How can I fix this SSH hostname tab completion script?

I found the following script (for bash) that enables me to get tab completion for any hostname I've connected to (from ~/.ssh/known_hosts): complete -W "$(echo `cat ~/.ssh/known_hosts | cut -f 1 -d ' ...
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Vim autocomplete to include punctuation between words

I'm currently programming in Tcl/Tk. I have some widgets called .entry,stdin and .entry,stdout and I'm using supertab for autocompletion. The comma is there because I'm using a package called gridplus ...
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Git completions for aliases only available after running `git reflog`

I have a few aliases that I want to autocomplete for git, e.g., the following alias gco="git checkout" When I was attempting to add completions for this alias, I looked around in my path and saw ...