I am creating a custom completion for my command ipadd which will automatically complete all the network devices for OS X. It has a parameter --device which allows you to specify the network devices on the system.

The command to list the network devices in OS X is

networksetup -listallnetworkservices

The output for it is;

An asterisk (*) denotes that a network service is disabled.

However the first line of the command isn't the network interface and I have modified that command about so that it only shows Ethernet and Wi-Fi

networksetup -listallnetworkservices | sed -n '2,$p'

The output for this is;


My question is how can I store that command and use it for auto completion for my ipadd command. I know that you can use the _files but that is for completing files within the system.

Thanks in advance :)

1 Answer 1

  1. Create a file named _ipadd and put the following in it:
    #compdef ipadd
    # The line above declares this function as providing completions to 
    # `ipadd`. In addition, it's important that the file name starts with 
    # an `_`, otherwise `compinit` won't autoload it.
    local output=$(networksetup -listallnetworkservices)
    # Split the output on newlines.
    local -a services=( ${(f)output} )
    # Offer the second to the last line as completions.
    _arguments "*:network service:( ${services[2,-1]} )"
  2. Make sure the folder that contains this file is in your $fpath. So, if we suppose it's located in ~/func, then you can do something like this in your .zshrc file:
    fpath+=( ~/func )
  3. Make sure you call compinit in your ~/.zshrc file after adding the dir to your $fpath. Otherwise, it will not be used for completions.
    autoload -Uz compinit && compinit

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