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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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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/, ...
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Bash autocomplete: first list files then cycle through them

Is it possible to configure bash in such a way that on the first tab autocomplete it lists all possible files and on subsequent ones cycles through the choices? Both options are easy to do ...
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vi <TAB> completes only directories in bash

In a directory I type vi and then tab (twice), this gives me user$ vi CMakeFiles/ global/ libs/ whereas ls followed by 2 tabs gives me user$ ls ! core.log CMakeFiles/ global/ libs/ ...
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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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Custom bash autocomplete for git breaks other git autocomplete features

I am trying to add autocompletion to git commit upon hitting TabTab. The autocomplete feature I am working on is based on a branch-naming convention. The convention is to append the PivotalTracker ...
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How to fix Linux filename tab autocomplete that is appending a space instead of trailing slash on directories?

For some strange reason my filename autocomplete is behaving differently than normal. Given the following file structure ./foobar/file.txt, if I want to delete file.txt, I type rm ...
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How to append / extend zshell completions?

I am using zsh with oh-my-zsh. Unfortunately, oh-my-zsh does not use file ~/.ssh/config for hostname auto-completion (see Issue #1009, for instance). This could easily archived by the following code: ...
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Need help on this bash auto completion script

I'm trying to setup autocompletion for a command, which takes only one parameter, a folder name, In /secure/kernel_builds/, I have the three following subfolder: 3.5.6/ 3.6.2/ source/ Now I want ...
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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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Stop tab completion suggesting 'messagebus'

I've got a directory called build, which I cd into quite a bit. If there isn't any directory bu* in the current directory, zsh tab completion: cd buTAB suggests messagebus/, which isn't in .. If I ...
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bash autocompletion resets on every window

My terminal autocompletion does not work properly when I use root. source /etc/bash_completion works if I invoke that manually. I need to write above code in every new root terminal to be able to ...
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Inhibit Variable Expansion in Paths

How do I prevent Zshell (and Bash I assume) from expanding environment variables in paths be completed as shown in the following example: $PREFIX/alt/li should expand to $PREFIX/alt/lib and not ...
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Change completion behaviour with brace expansion in zsh

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 ...
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Tab completion when `patch` asks for filename

When the patch command doesn't find the file to patch, it asks for a filename. Is there any way to get this to use tab complete?
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List the bash completion that's current active on a program?

Is there anyway to list the bash completion function in use for current command ? e.g for ls
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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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Executing zsh rehash after build

I have a build script that can change what binaries are in my $PATH (it doesn't edit $PATH itself, but it adds/deletes files to folders that are already in $PATH). zsh's autocompletion doesn't update ...
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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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Git auto-complete

I am using Git as many of you do. Also, I don't use any GUI for that — just CLI. So I was wondering: are there any way to make Git commands (git status, git checkout etc.) complete themselves when ...
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Completing avfs fake directories in zsh

How can I tweak zsh's completion system to complete “fake” files in some circumstances? More precisely, the AVFS filesystem exposes archives as directories by creating a “fake directory” next to ...
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Bash autocomplete gives different file name than ls

An incredibly strange thing just happened. Through a serious typo, I entered cp filename.xsl .^?~ Yeah, that's right, dot-caret-questionmark-tilde! Truth is stranger than fiction. It gets weirder. ...
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Auto-completion of words from the terminal buffer

In editors like vim and emacs, one can use hotkeys like C-p (vim) or M-/ (emacs) to perform auto-completion on the current word using other words in the same buffer. Is it possible to achieve the ...
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Vim insert mode completion for sentences

I would like to have insert mode completion for sentences rather than lines in vim. C-x C-l completes lines, but cannot complete sentences that do not start with a new line. For example: I have a ...
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Cancel zsh tab completion

Is there a way to cancel a completion once it has been started? I sometimes foolishly press tab to autocomplete make targets (only from sheer indolence) and then end up having to wait for a longer ...
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vim custom pop up menu

How do I create a custom completion pop up menu. I would like to be able to begin typing a part of a string then press a custom key combination to bring up a pop up completion of just a certain group ...
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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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What causes ln: //: Is a directory?

When linking a directory to root, I get this error: $ ln -s ~/inbox/ / $ ln: //: Is a directory Bash autocompletes the directory path by adding a /. I've tried escaping without success. $ ln -s ...
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How to disable autocompletion for sudo …?

I am new to zsh and I like it a lot, especially with oh-my-zsh plugin. I installed oh-my-zsh with its default values and can't figure out how to turn off autocompletion for specific commands, that I ...
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How to enable tab completion of wildcards in bash?

How can I enable tab completion in bash for a statement such as vim db/migrate/*crea? Essentially I am looking for tab completion to match the regular expression and present the options. How would ...
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How ignore PATH with `source` completion

I can't find any 'detailed enough' documentation about zstyle, and I'm surprised that no one faced this problem before: here is what I get with tab completion: source l<TAB> l2ping* ...
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Complete only at the beginning of the word

I've got an issue with ZSH autocompletion, and I can't find the right keyworks to get rid of it. For instance, with files like $ ls Accelion, titi toto tata I would like to write: $ ls ...
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How can I expand a relative path at the command line, with tab completion?

In bash is there any way to expand a relative path into an absolute path, perhaps with tab completion? I ask because sometimes I will search for a file, find it, then vim it: cd /etc cd apache2 cd ...
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Complete files from a different directory in bash [duplicate]

I wrote two functions push and pull to copy files to and from a directory ($FILE_EXCHANGE_DIR). I want bash to autocomplete names from that directory when I use the pull function. I want the ...
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Dynamically update completion list in zsh

I find zsh's result lists for Tab completion quite useful, however I'd like to tweak their behaviour a bit: They should appear when I Tab for the first time and afterwards dynamically update with ...
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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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Configure autocomplete for the first argument, leave the others alone

I have a utility that takes a load of different arguments. For now, I want to autocomplete the first argument, but leave all the others to fall through to normal autocompletion. How do I do that? ...
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How to specify timeout for tab completion in zsh?

Zsh's completion feature is great except for this one. When I try to complete in a folder with lots of files/network folder, it takes a couple of minutes and prints this error. example.com:~$ ls ...
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ZSH takes two tabs to complete filenames

I love Zsh's tab completions, but it's frustrating when there is only one possible option and I have to tab twice to tab complete the filename. For example, if this is a list of files in a directory: ...
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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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Files with no .sh extension not considered for autocompletion in zsh

I have noticed that unless I add an .sh extension to my shell scripts, Zsh does not suggest them for autocompletion for execution despite having them in my PATH. I have the same problem if I cd into ...
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Terminal does not source .zshrc with custom colors for ls and cd command

I customized the directory and file colors for ls and cd + TAB. Here is my configuration. My configuration My system environment. Ubuntu 10.10 zsh 4.3.10 (x86_64-unknown-linux-gnu) oh-my-zsh // ...
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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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zsh - fully expand binary path on <tab>

In my current zsh behaviour, hitting tab after typing "sudo" just adds a space. $ sudo ... What I really want is for the tab to fully expand to the path of the binary it is about to execute when I ...
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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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zsh autocomplete directory

I'm new to zsh and one thing that I do quite often is execute shell scripts that are in a directory of mine called Scripts. I'm not always inside of the Scripts directory, however... I may be in ...
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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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Custom bash completion with directories and a fixed set

I'm trying to setup a bash completion, and have two problems For parameter one, I needed a completion for directories For parameter two, a fixed array for completion, I just don't know how to let ...
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Autocomplete of filename in directory

This question is quite similar to this one, but I can't understand the solution. I also know this tutorial, but still I am unable to understand what I am doing wrong. I am trying to autocomplete the ...
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Bash completion for `unset` command

How can I setup bash completion for the unset command, like when you use echo $XXX, you can get a completion for XXX?
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Zsh autocomplete ls command with directories only

Suppose I have following files and directories: % ls bui00293 buiawer builds/ buiowpe/ I want to list the content of ...