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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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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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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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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How to do command-line completion with files and folders

As a new Linux user, one of the things that's kept me away from the Command Line (CL) is that, for tasks involving files and folders (i.e. everything!), the amount of typing involved makes using the ...
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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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zsh expand-or-complete for all files regardless of command/context

zsh has a feature where command line tab-completion performs context-aware completions, so you can do things like: # Good: $ wget g<tab> # becomes: $ wget gopher:// $ wget --hea<tab> ...
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Add autocompletion in dash

Is it possible to get at least "some" autocompletion in a dash shell like in bash? At least for the existing filenames in a path.
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Is autocompletion for applications done by shell?

When I type evince, and then hit tab, the bash shell will list all files that can be opened by evince, which seems to be based on the ext part of the filename. Is this done by shell or the ...
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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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Set auto completion for a new filetype

I have a file, which contains lines of function name, now I want to use them for code auto completion, and only for file names end with .XXX. How should I do it, is it possible to work with ctags or ...
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Directory stack order in zsh

I am working on Zsh 5.0.2 (latest stable version), and I noticed that: dirs -v and cd -<TAB> show a different list of directories (or at least directories in different order). Moreover, ...
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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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autocomplete filenames using compgen

As part of a larger autocomplete function I'm writing, I want to use compgen to generate a list of files. I read the bash manual entries for compgen and complete, and from there I assumed that the ...
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How to have autocomplete ignore a specific completion

I've got auto-completion working for bash. When I type part of a program name, and then TAB, I get the full command. Works like expected, no complaints. However on my setup I've got an alias defined ...
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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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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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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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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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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 # ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to make ZSH tab completion work with two tabs

I saw a question like this on here, but the answer didn't work for me. I'm trying to set up tab completion and I want it that if I have two files fileA and fileB and I type fil<tab> it first ...
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bash autocomplete not working, does not 'complete'

I my bashrc. I have a bash completion for the command scp implemented as follows function _scp_complete { COMPREPLY="" COMPREPLY+=( $(cat ~/.ssh_complete ) ) COMPREPLY+=( $( find . ! -name . ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Autocomplete include directories in c++

VisualStudio has some extension which checks the include directories and makes suggestions while typing. My current project uses a lot of included libraries, sometimes with rather long pathnames. ...
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Custom tab-completion in bash's `read`

Is there a way to "import" a list of words into bash's read builtin to have custom tab-completion? I've been writing a wrapper script for suckless' minimalist irc client "ii", and I don't have a way ...
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Filename completion in gvim

for some reason, my filename completion in gvim is not working. In vim, its working properly. Commands and such are, however, completed correctly. I have set wildmode=full. An example: Assume i want ...
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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 ...