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Often I fail to find something with reverse-i-search but want to keep what I have already written. For example, typing pdflatex fails to complete to pdflatex mydocument.tex. If I then cancel it with Ctrl+c or Ctrl g, the pdflatex part is deleted as well. How can I cancel it in a way that keeps my input?

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Instead of cancelling just use ALT+F (or on Ubuntu alternatively CTRL+-> to move the cursor to the end of the first word and then press CTRL+K to delete everything to the end of the line.

Now you are ready to complete your command.

  • Thanks! <kbd>Ctrl</kbd>+<kbd>-></kbd> works on Arch Linux under Z shell as well. – Konrad Höffner Jul 23 '15 at 8:14
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    Neither Alt+F nor Ctrl+→ work in my mintty/Ubuntu 14.04 LTS/bash 4.3.11(1)-release environment. – Abdull Feb 26 '16 at 12:35

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