I am on OSX Sierra 10.12.6 and I am experiencing odd behavior in terminal windows.

When entering a command like cd ~/, I expect to press Tab twice quickly to see all path options. For example:

cd ~/

[double press tab]

cd ~/

Instead, I only see one path option at a time. Pressing Tab simply cycles to the next one:

cd ~/
[press tab]
cd ~/.CFUserTextEncoding
[press tab]
cd ~/.DS_Store
[press tab]
cd ~/.Trash/

Pressing Tab twice quickly simply does this twice.

This issue has remained constant through multiple OS updates. Does anybody know how to fix it?

  • Great question. – Rob Sep 17 '17 at 14:21

It sounds like you have menu-complete, not complete, bound to the tab key. (Confirm with bind -P | grep menu-complete.) There are several ways this could have been activated:

  • C-i: menu-complete in your .inputrc file
  • bind 'C-i: menu-complete' in .bashrc or some other shell configuration file.

If you can find the offending line, remove it to restore the default binding to complete. If you can't, try adding C-i: complete to your .inputrc file to override the binding to menu-complete.

  • 1
    Amazing! This has been driving me insane for months. Thank you! – Bogdan Balan Sep 11 '17 at 19:34
  • Followed by a Great Answer. – Rob Sep 17 '17 at 14:22

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