I use zsh with zim, which is generally excellent. Ideally, I'd want to umount's tab completion to only suggest items in /run/media/$USER. In the following example, this is a single volume named L_drive.

$ cd /run/media/sparhawk
$ ls
$ umount <Tab>
 -- device label --
binfmt_misc  debugfs      fusectl      mqueue       run          systemd-1                          
cgroup       dev          gvfsd-fuse   proc         securityfs   tmpfs                              
configfs     devpts       hugetlbfs    pstore       sys                                           
 -- device path --
/dev/sda2                 /dev/sdb5                 /dev/sdb6                 /dev/sdc1               
 -- mount point --
/                                 /run/media/sparhawk/L_drive       /sys/fs/cgroup/pids             
/dev                              /run/user/1000                    /sys/fs/cgroup/systemd          
/dev/hugepages                    /run/user/1000/gvfs               /sys/fs/fuse/connections        
/dev/mqueue                       /sys                              /sys/fs/pstore                  
/dev/pts                          /sys/fs/cgroup                    /sys/kernel/config              
/dev/shm                          /sys/fs/cgroup/blkio              /sys/kernel/debug               
/HDD                              /sys/fs/cgroup/cpu,cpuacct        /sys/kernel/security            
/home                             /sys/fs/cgroup/cpuset             /tmp                            
L_drive                           /sys/fs/cgroup/devices            /var/cache                      
/proc                             /sys/fs/cgroup/freezer            /var/log                        
/proc/sys/fs/binfmt_misc          /sys/fs/cgroup/memory             /var/tmp                        
/run                              /sys/fs/cgroup/net_cls                                            

There is a lot of stuff there that I'd never want to tab complete. I'd like to remove all these suggestions, and only leave tab completion for the absolute path /run/media/sparhawk/L_drive.

FWIW zim has the following bug where the relative path is not found after typing a letter.

$ umount L<Tab>
 -- no matches found --

but assuming I can remove all the other suggestions, leaving only the absolute path in /run/media/$USER/*, then this bug is moot.

1 Answer 1


You can use the ignored-patterns style to exclude some completions.

zstyle ':completion:*:umount:*' ignored-patterns "^/run/media/$USER/*"

Under the default settings, you can still get completion for ignored patterns if there is no non-ignored candidate.

(This answer is for plain zsh using the compinit completion system. It's possible, but unlikely, that zim somehow causes it not to work.)

  • Brilliant! Thank you! (There was a small typo that had to be fixed for it to work.)
    – Sparhawk
    Commented Oct 24, 2016 at 0:58

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