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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Autocomplete server names for SSH and SCP

I have a few servers configured in ~/.ssh/config, such as alpha and beta. How might I configure Bash such that the commands ssh al<tab> and scp file.tgz al<tab> autocomplete the names of ...
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How do certain commands change the tabbed autocomplete criteria?

Suppose I am in a directory like this: :mydirectory$ ls foo.txt That only file. If I type a command like cat and then I tab to autocomplete (assume the ‸ character is actually the caret ...
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Shell that tab-completes prefix?

I would like tab completion to behave differently when the cursor is at the beginning of a word than when the cursor is at the end of a word. I've only ever seen shells that tab-complete the suffix, ...
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Is there an application that could predict what I type and auto-complete my words and sentences?

I use to type a lot of text (in the browser) repeating the same stuff, using the same words and even same sentences over and over again. It would save me a lot of time if the computer could guess what ...
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Completion with wildcards in directory names in bash

I can do: $ cd sources/ar #[TAB] here would complete word 'ar' to 'art' I can do $ cd */art #[enter] here would bring me to sources/art I can do $ cd */art #[TAB] that would expand */art to ...
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Something like $CDPATH that works for all bash commands

I'm trying to figure out if there's a way I can get $CDPATH working for every command-line tool. At the moment, I have a directory in my homedir that's called src/ which contains all of my projects. ...
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Bash command-line completion function for vim and emacs 'scp://' remote file paths

For easily specifying remote files for editing with vim or emacs from the shell, I would like to have tab-completion like available for scp. Completions for scp work well and fast, if your .ssh/...
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zsh completion: menu and unambiguous prefix with a single tab?

I'm in a folder where I have the following files: aaa1 aaa2 aaa3 bbb1 bbb2 bbc1 bbc2 and I have typed cd a at the prompt. Currently, pressing Tab completes to cd aaa then another Tab brings ...
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Autocomplete deletes last character from words sometimes

I have a custom command define that gets words definition from dictionary. I wanted to make an autocomplete script to complete the words I want to define using the list of words found in /usr/share/...
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How to selectively disable auto-complete?

I've created a large number of utility scripts, that I use to make my work-life easier. All of those reside in my home directory, so that I can easily run them as ~/<script>. Being as clumsy as ...
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How can I use a key other than <ENTER> to exit zsh's completion menu/widget?

Like alot of zsh users I have completion configured so that when I am at a command prompt and I invoke completion a menu appears that can be navigated with the directional arrow keys. i.e. in my ~/....
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How to specify protocol prefix containing “:” to bash-completion function _known_hosts_real

I am attempting to use bash-completion for URLs of the form "proto://host". Without the ":", I see expected behavior, with the ":" present, the URL comes out "faulty". Bash completion has a function ...
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Colour-coordinate symlinks/softlinks based on where they refer to

Is there any way to colour coordinate symlinks/softlinks based on where they're linked, or maybe by who they 'belong' to (similarly to colouring the output of ls for example)? To give you an example ...
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Bash completion extra space when adding file directory

I have a script for extending bash-completion for certain commands. If I type command1 and do a tab, it should auto-complete with a file directory (and the files). It works fine expect for one ...
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Bash completions -C vs -F

In the bash completion setup (https://github.com/scop/bash-completion) supplied by my system there seems to be an unequivocal preferences towards completing with complete -F as opposed to complete -C. ...
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How to use bash command completion so that only files within a particular directory are completed?

Suppose I have a bash function specialcat that cats a file in the ~/Special directory specialcat () { cat ~/Special/$1 } Suppose the ~/Special directory was set up like so: mkdir ~/Special ...
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zsh auto completion certain parts of directory

I currently have zstyle ':completion:*' matcher-list '' 'm:{a-z}={A-Z}' which will ignore the case when auto completing directories. However is it possible to type a certain part of the directory and ...
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How can I programmatically access zsh completion?

zsh has a completion system, activated by pressing tab: llama@llama:~$ git st<Tab> Completing main porcelain command stash -- stash away changes to dirty working directory status -- ...
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How to specify a custom autocomplete for specific commands?

Is there a way to have bash know exactly what to display when you double tab? For example I have a python script scpy which requires a couple arguments. For example like apt-get, if you double tab ...
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How did I get the git commits to show up in autocomplete?

Git tab completion on my mac: Git tab completion on my Ubuntu server: On my mac and my Ubuntu server I get very different output from tab completion despite having the same version of zsh, same ...
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How to properly use “complete -G”? [duplicate]

I've generated the simplest code I could think of to illustrate my problem. Suppose I want the "foo" command to work with files that end with ".cc". complete -G '*.cc' foo Now let's suppose my ...
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Add trailing slash in bash completion of directory symbolic links

I have a symbolic link for a directory, e.g ln -s /tmp /xxx Now when I type /xx and press tab key, bash would complete the line to /xxx If I press it again it become /xxx/ Now, how can I ask bash ...
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Autocomplete hostnames when using SSH within history file

I'm looking for a feature that help me to autocomplete the servers I "sshed" in sometime and are in my .bash_history file without messing with known_hosts file or /etc/bash_completition, just grab ...
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Smart case completion in Bash?

In Vim, one can combine the following commands, :set smartcase + :set ignorecase, to make searching case-insensitive unless there is a capitalized letter in the search query, in which case it is case-...
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Why does path-completion in bash not always work?

With different bash-environments (different installations) I have different behaviors in terms of path-completion when hitting TAB on the command line after . Where is this handled? One specific ...
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Can I change how zsh autocomplete works?

I love the zsh autocompletion for navigating in files with commands like cd, but some commands have weird autocompletion, for example: when i type snap ins, bash autocompletes that to snap install, ...
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How to change the key for autocompletion in ZSH?

I'm on Ubuntu Mate 16.04 using terminator as my terminal. And using ZSH version 5.1.1. I'd rather change the keybinding to the left arrow key to emulate fish in a way. Anyone know how?
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custom zsh autocomplete

I'd like to write a zsh completion for pytest. Where do I Start? I'm using oh-my-zsh. in .zshrc: fpath=($HOME/.mycompletions $fpath) autoload -U compinit && compinit -u in $HOME/....
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How to stop bash being too smart restricting completion options?

I often come across bash getting in my way when I'm doing something like this: cmake -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=/usr/<TAB><TAB> Apparently, bash doesn't see that cmake can accept paths and ...
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Why can't I use tab expansion/auto-complete of shell variables with cd?

I have setup a variable in .bashrc: export SOME_DIR=/path/to/some/dir Now, with ls I can type ls $SOME_DIR[tab] and the variable will be expanded, and I can then use tab for auto-completion when ...
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Can bash to syntax highlighting, git info prompt and autocomplete based on the middle of a word?

I'm using prezto framework for zsh and started wondering if I really need zsh. Main features I really dig are syntax highlighting for commands, fancy prompt when in a git repository and the ...
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Bash completion extra words Fedora 23

I am new to using Linux. :) Today I noticed some extra words when TAB completing dnf search. I am not sure how to google this (I tried, but with no success), so please help. :D Anyone has any idea ...
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Any good way to momentarily block submitting a command if a tab-completion is ambiguous?

Occasionally I go to type a command, think I've gotten enough of the filename that Bash can complete it, hit Tab, and then hit Enter before I notice that the filename didn't complete. Most of the time ...
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rlwrap: tclsh multi-word autocompletion

How do I get multi-word autocompletion with rlwrap for tclsh? Example: I type file <space> then pressing <tab> <tab> I only want to see the sub-commands to file, such as exists ...
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Completion for the first argument of cd OLD NEW

In zsh, the cd command has a two-argument form: cd OLD NEW changes to ${PWD/OLD/NEW}. With the new-style completion system, zsh is capable of completing NEW: the second argument is completed based on ...
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How to enable bash completion in vi mode on Synology DSM6

When I turned on vi mode in bash by setting set -o vi suddenly the tab completion was broken, and a literal tab was inserted. How can this be fixed?
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How to include all PIDs in tab completion?

When I enter a command that takes a process ID (such as kill and strace -p), ZSH's tab completion offers what looks like the PIDs of the processes running in my current shell session. How can I make ...
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Tab to show directory contents

I use the terminal app on OSX. Whenever I cd into a deep directory I find it useful to display the successive directory contents as I go. By tapping tab when typing the filepath, it lets me see the ...
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zsh fails at path completition when command is vim

When I try to autocomplete files (with vim as argument 0): vim ~/.conf <TAB> It shows: _arguments:450: _vim_files: function definition file not found _arguments:450: _vim_files: function ...
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Relationship between zsh custom completion script and compsys/zstyle configuration

I have written a simple completion script for a command cheat so that when using cheat at a prompt zsh will autocomplete arguments. (obviously) this needed to be setup in a compinit / compsys ...
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is there a way to set coloring for cd tab complete?

I use ubuntu 11.04. Is there a way to set coloring for output after tab completion listing of a cd, ls, or etc. ? i.e. myshell@root$ cd ~/user/files/ I hit tab... myfile myfoo mybar <-- this ...
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Can I get zsh to include the directory stack in tab completion for tilde (~)?

I have autocd, autopushd and pushdminus enabled. When I try tab completion with ~: $ ~<Tab> avahi ftp mail redsocks systemd-coredump systemd-timesync bin gdm nm-openvpn ...
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Bash script - auto complete for user input based on array data

In a bash script I'm reading some user input with read. Now I want to provide the possibility to auto-complete the input by hitting the Tab key. Easy example: Let's say, the user shall type in a name ...
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How do I let bash autocomplete wildcards?

If I have directory containing the files foo.bar.a.cat foo.bar.a.hat and I type ls f+TAB the bash shell autocompletes to ls foo.bar.a.. If I type ls *bar*+ TAB I would like it to autocomplete to *...
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Can I selectively disable zsh completions?

I'm using prezto with zsh, and find it a little slow to launch a new shell. (N.B. I'm attempting to optimise on a fast-ish system, before moving my configuration to other, slower systems.) ...
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zsh: menu completion for glob

In zsh, if I type vim *.txt then Tab, it expands to vim f1.txt f2.txt f3.txt. How can I make it show a completion menu listing files matching the pattern, so I can select a single file?
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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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Why does nullglob affect tab completion?

After shopt -s nullglob, I noticed that tab completion completely stopped working. Why would that be? extglob is apparently benign, what else could nullglob affect? Observed on: Ubuntu 14.04 (bash ...
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Disable Oh-My-ZSH Completion of Beginning of Filename

I'm starting to use the directory stack in ZSH, but I've run into a problem. In an ideal directory, typing cd -<TAB> gives me the output of dirs -v. However, in some others (i.e. my Downloads ...
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Directory stack order discrepancy 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, ...