Questions tagged [autocomplete]

A feature provided by interactive programs such as shells and text editors that inserts text to complete a word or phrase that the user is likely intending to compose.

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How to set proper monitoring of my services in a automated way? So that if one crash it auto on the fly restarts?

How can i setup monitoring to my system services? Either using automated script which scan every moment, if httpd, mysqld, and my custom daemon is running or not, if not running it will automatically ...
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How do I get bash completion for command aliases?

I am looking to get tab-completion on my command line aliases, for example, say I defined the following alias : alias apt-inst='sudo aptitude install' Is there a way to get the completions provided ...
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How to output string completions to stdout?

Some of the git commands have many options, and it would often be useful to search through them for the one I need - I was just looking for the option which controls the TAB width in git-gui, but ...
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Command-line completion from command history

So, I've looked at history and at Ctrl+R, but they are not what I thought I knew. Is there a way that I can type in the beginning of a command, and cycle through the matches in my history with some ...
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Autocomplete server names for SSH and SCP

I have a few servers configured in ~/.ssh/config, such as alpha and beta. How might I configure Bash such that the commands ssh al<tab> and scp file.tgz al<tab> autocomplete the names of ...
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bash completion in Posix mode

I would like to use an interactive Posix bash shell but the autocomplete feature doesn't work. When I type the Tab character it simply prints a tab. The tab completion works only when I'm in a non-...
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How to debug and fix slow autocomplete in bash?

After a recent update (Ubuntu 12.04 LTS), TAB complete on the command line is slow. After entering a partial command (e.g evi [TAB]) or partial filename (e.g. evince somedocu[TAB]) the shell, ...
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How to implement package install suggestion on Debian?

I have noticed that while on Ubuntu, if I type the following: mc and it isn't installed, I get the message below: The program 'mc' is currently not installed. You can install it by typing: sudo apt-...
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is there a way to set coloring for cd tab complete?

I use ubuntu 11.04. Is there a way to set coloring for output after tab completion listing of a cd, ls, or etc. ? i.e. myshell@root$ cd ~/user/files/ I hit tab... myfile myfoo mybar <-- this ...
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How to pipe the list of commands displayed by of “tab complete”?

When using commands in bash I like the double tab option to display the available commands. Some commands have more possible matches than others: Screenshot of a tab completion http://img13....
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An easy bash completion tutorial? [closed]

I want to learn how to write bash completion scripts. Which tutorial would you recommend?
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How can I expand a relative path at the command line, with tab completion?

In bash is there any way to expand a relative path into an absolute path, perhaps with tab completion? I ask because sometimes I will search for a file, find it, then vim it: cd /etc cd apache2 cd ...
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Custom autocomplete: deal with spaces in filenames

A bit of context, this question is a follow-up of this one: Bash remote autocompletion : change the 'starting' directory Anyway, I'm writing my custom autocompletion bash script: I want the ...
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Hide some commands from bash completion?

In bash, suppose I have this commands: $ pyt[TAB][TAB] pytest python python-config python-dbg 99% of the time, I'd go for python. It's so annoying that pytest pop up and prevent me from typing only ...
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Is it possible for bash completion to cycle through the alternatives?

When using bash completion and an a number of characters have been entered, tabbing ceases to work when the prefix you have typed is matched by more than one of the possibilities. Is there a way to ...
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Modify $READLINE_LINE and $READLINE_POINT values inside bash script

I already asked this question on stackoveflow, but received no answer and very few views. I thought I would post here as there should be more bash users and someone might have already stumbled upon ...
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Terminal autocomplete: cycle through suggestions

I had this on my Ubuntu setup and since I switched to Fedora I want to set it and I forgot how... The idea is simple : I don't want the terminal to show me suggestions when I double tab, instead I ...
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How to make zsh completion show the first guess on the same line (like fish's)?

In Fish when you start typing, autocompletion automatically shows the first autocompleted guess on the line itself. In zsh you have to hit tab, and it shows the autocompletion below. Is there anyway ...
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Autocomplete of filename in directory

This question is quite similar to this one, but I can't understand the solution. I also know this tutorial, but still I am unable to understand what I am doing wrong. I am trying to autocomplete the ...
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How do I redirect command completion output?

On the command line, I can redirect or pipe output of a command to a file or another command using the > or | operator after the command. I have come across a less standard situation that I would ...
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Can the command completion for `cd` be modified to only show directories and ignore files?

When I am in a directory in bash, and I press cd Space Tab, it shows everything in the directory as a possibility. (Show all 1000 possibilities?) This is really cumbersome when I am in a directory ...
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How to add pattern to bash completion (for unzip)?

When I type unzip <tab> I get a list of all files ending in .zip, which is the standard behavior of tab completion for the unzip command. However, I also want bash completion for unzip list ...
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Completion of words on the screen as in VIM (Bash or Tmux)

How can I configure Bash, Zsh or Tmux to complete the last matching identifier on the screen? Consider this common scenario: $ git fetch remote: Counting objects: 16, done. remote: Compressing ...
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Disable bash tab completion

Is it possible to disable bash's autocomplete on pressing tab? The reason I want to do this is that I often paste code from an editor where I use the tab character instead of a number of spaces for ...
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Bash Auto-Completion feature for SSHing into Different Hosts

I have big list of servers which I normally ssh to all the time. Is there any way using bash or zsh so that I can keep the list of hostname and bash auto-completion goes through the file and gives me ...
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Make Bash autocomplete guess the closest approximation

I have a somewhat uncomfortable keyboard on my laptop, resulting in that I sometimes misspell things in Bash and when pressing Tab for an auto-completion nothing happens. Is it possible to have Bash ...
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autocompletion with wildcards for cd in bash

Using bash on ubuntu (debian jessie/sid) I'm not sure why I can't do tab completion of a wildcard with a builtin command. for example, suppose my current working directory contains the following ...
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Avoid a trailing slash in bash when completing a directory name (like zsh)

I'm on a Mac and the cp and mv commands are killing me due to them copying the contents of a directory if a trailing slash is present. It has bitten me more than once when I use tab completion to ...
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Rebuild auto-complete index (or whatever it's called) and binaries in $PATH cache in zsh

After installing new software, an already opened terminal with zsh won't know about the new commands and cannot generate auto-complete for those. Apparently opening a new terminal fix the problem, but ...
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How to enable autocompletion for remote paths when using scp?

I remote copied a file to my laptop using: scp someFile USER@192.168.178.32:/home/USER/put/it/some/where/oh/damn/you/here I want to be able to autocomplete the remote path by hitting tab.
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How does TAB auto-complete find options to complete?

And how does it also autocomplete aliases?
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How to specify a custom autocomplete for specific commands?

Is there a way to have bash know exactly what to display when you double tab? For example I have a python script scpy which requires a couple arguments. For example like apt-get, if you double tab ...
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How to customize Bash command completion?

In bash, it's easy enough to set up customized completion of command arguments using the complete built-in. For example, if, for a hypothetical command with a synopsis of foo --a | --b | --c, you ...
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Completing avfs fake directories in zsh

How can I tweak zsh's completion system to complete “fake” files in some circumstances? More precisely, the AVFS filesystem exposes archives as directories by creating a “fake directory” next to ...
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Command line prediction

I've found an interesting paper: Predicting UNIX Command Lines about command-line prediction (based on user past activity), and I wonder if any actual implementation of such thing exists?
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List all files / binaries in current PATH

Is there an "easy" way of running an "ls -la" style command for listing all files / executable binaries in the current PATH? (I intend to pipe the output into grep, for looking for commands with ...
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Completion for the first argument of cd OLD NEW

In zsh, the cd command has a two-argument form: cd OLD NEW changes to ${PWD/OLD/NEW}. With the new-style completion system, zsh is capable of completing NEW: the second argument is completed based on ...
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Disable tab completion in Bash for some directory that contains a large number of files?

I'm working with large number of files, which I keep in a directory. Every time I go in to that directory and accidentally press Tab twice, it takes too long (may be over a minutes) to show files that ...
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Autocomplete newest file

I have a process which creates text files whose filenames are based on the timestamp of their moment of creation: $ ls 1378971222.txt 1378971254.txt 1378971482.txt 1378971488.txt 1378972089.txt ...
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LC_CTYPE breaking autocomplete: what is the cause of this problem?

For some reason today, every time I hit tab in the terminal, this shows up: cat bash: warning: setlocale: LC_CTYPE: cannot change locale (en_CA) Display all 150 possibilities? (y or n) This ...
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How to enable tab completion of wildcards in bash?

How can I enable tab completion in bash for a statement such as vim db/migrate/*crea? Essentially I am looking for tab completion to match the regular expression and present the options. How would ...
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How to eliminate annoyances when starting a GUI from a terminal?

I prefer to launch GUI applications from a terminal window rather than by using a graphical desktop. A frequent annoyance is that often the developers haven't anticipated this type of use, so the app ...
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How does Bash path completion work with sudo?

Tab path completion does not work (at least on Ubuntu and AFAIK Arch) with sudo mount <whatever> The iso file I am trying to mount is not in /etc/fstab. If I just type mount <whatever> ...
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Calling zsh completion function and obtaining its results

I'm trying to make use of zsh's completion widgets in my own scripts. At one point I'd like have access to the result of every completion that is active in zsh, or rather I want to obtain the final ...
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How do you make an alias or function that retains tab completion?

I made an alias to save some keystrokes with working with systemd: $ alias sctl='systemctl' However, this breaks tab completion for the subcommands. Is it possible to alias a command without ...
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zsh case-insensitive mid-word completion

I have the following in my .zshrc for case-insensitive tab completion. I encountered a situation where the tab completion fails, and I can't figure out why. autoload -U compinit && compinit ...
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Bash completion for comma-separated values

I would like to create completion rule for comma-separated parameters list. E.g. I have command which receives list of server names: myscript -s name1,name2,name3 At this moment I've managed to ...
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How do I let bash autocomplete wildcards?

If I have directory containing the files foo.bar.a.cat foo.bar.a.hat and I type ls f+TAB the bash shell autocompletes to ls foo.bar.a.. If I type ls *bar*+ TAB I would like it to autocomplete to *...
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How do I set Zsh autocompletion rules for second argument (of function) to an existing command's rules?

I have a custom Zsh function g: function g() { # Handle arguments [...] } Within it, I handle short arguments that execute Git commands. For example: g ls # Executes git ls-files ... g g # ...
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Auto-completion of words from the terminal buffer

In editors like vim and emacs, one can use hotkeys like C-p (vim) or M-/ (emacs) to perform auto-completion on the current word using other words in the same buffer. Is it possible to achieve the ...