Is it possible to disable Bash's autocompletion for a specific command only?

Use case: For obvious reasons, I would like to disable autocompletion for the rm command when I'm root. It would also be a terrible pain if I disabled autocompletion altogether, so I'd like to remove it for rm only.

Can this be done at all, preferably without hacking /etc/bash_completion and friends?


You can do this easily by setting rm's completion to an empty wordlist.

complete -W "" rm

Set it in /root/.bashrc if you only want it to apply to root.

  • Works just as advertised. Thank you very much! – Joseph R. Oct 17 '13 at 21:54
  • complete -C : rm and complete rm work too:) – Evgeny Vereshchagin Jun 28 '15 at 15:06

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