I want to make tab completion to complete on specific programs in path although there maybe other possible completion in path.

For example, if I type mpl and tab, it should complete to mplayer though there might be other programs in the path starting with mpl. I know of bash alias builtin for ~/.bashrc but thats not what I'm looking for.


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If you've installed the bash-completion package it includes everything you need in the way of examples. I'd look through any of the included files as examples. The ntpdate one is pretty basic.

$ less /etc/bash_completion.d/ntpdate
$ less /usr/share/bash-completion/ntpdate

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