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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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Why does nullglob affect tab completion?

After shopt -s nullglob, I noticed that tab completion completely stopped working. Why would that be? extglob is apparently benign, what else could nullglob affect? Observed on: Ubuntu 14.04 (bash 4....
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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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ZSH takes two tabs to complete filenames

I love Zsh's tab completions, but it's frustrating when there is only one possible option and I have to tab twice to tab complete the filename. For example, if this is a list of files in a directory: ...
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zsh alias expansion

Is it possible to configure zsh to expand global aliases during tab completion? For example, I have the common aliases: alias -g '...'='../..' alias -g '....'='../../..' but when I type for example ...
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TAB autocomplete in Bourne Shell

I don't know how to get the TAB key to autocomplete filenames, commands, or anything at all. I'm on a Unix-like system (OS/390) and depend on several scripts that work in sh (Bourne shell, not BASH),...
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Why does path-completion in bash not always work?

With different bash-environments (different installations) I have different behaviors in terms of path-completion when hitting TAB on the command line after . Where is this handled? One specific ...
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oh-my-zsh style completion for directory/file paths without oh my zsh

I had oh-my-zsh installed for a while, and I could type a full path using only one letter, then press tab to case-insensitively autocomplete the whole thing. For example, if I had a file at ~/...
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Stop zsh from completing parent directories

I am using zsh with grml's zshrc as a base. As part of my work I access network path regulary (e.g NFS. AFS.) If I write /a/long/network/path/on/the/other/side/of/the/world press TAB twice it is ...
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remove a host from the completion list for ssh in zsh

I once had some hosts named 'myhost', 'myhost1', etc. And now all those except 'myhost3' become invalid. I removed those from /etc/hosts and ~/.ssh/known_hosts, but zsh still completes them for me. Is ...
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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 ...
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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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Tab completion doesn't work for arguments when command is an alias

I have an alias, ee, defined for my favorite editor, mg. When I do something like mg fo and then hit tab, if a file foo exists, I get tab completion to: mg foo On most systems I use (e.g., all ...
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How to get bash tab completion to work with read only file system?

I have deliberately configured the file system of my RaspberryPi (Raspbian - Jessie) to be read only. One of the things that's not (yet) working is tab (aka auto) completion in bash, where I often get ...
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how to edit and color bash's tab completion list

Following is what i would like to have. When the tab completion is ambiguous, and bash prints the list of possibilities. I would like it to colour the next character I should press inside every word ...
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bash auto completion script

I'm trying to setup autocompletion for a command, which takes only one parameter, a folder name, In /secure/kernel_builds/, I have the three following subfolder: 3.5.6/ 3.6.2/ source/ Now I want ...
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zsh fails at path completition when command is vim

When I try to autocomplete files (with vim as argument 0): vim ~/.conf <TAB> It shows: _arguments:450: _vim_files: function definition file not found _arguments:450: _vim_files: function ...
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Bash autocomplete gives different file name than ls

An incredibly strange thing just happened. Through a serious typo, I entered cp filename.xsl .^?~ Yeah, that's right, dot-caret-questionmark-tilde! Truth is stranger than fiction. It gets weirder. ...
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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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sudo: nocorrect: command not found

I am using zsh and oh-my-zsh on Arch Linux. I am not able to make directory using mkdir edward@ArchLinux ~ $ sudo mkdir -p /samba/raspberry [sudo] password for edward: sudo: nocorrect: command ...
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Bash/zsh tab autocomplete: Given initial command, ignore certain files in directory with autocomplete

What I'm asking is a little bit specific, and might be a different than other autocomplete questions on Unix Stackexchange. Suppose I have a directory that looks like this -rw-r--r-- 1 hlin117 staff ...
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How to use bash's complete or compgen -C (command) option?

When creating shell completion functionality in bash, it seems like the -C option would be powerful and common. It's defined like this: -C command command is executed in a subshell ...
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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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Saving tab completion possibilities to a file

Instead of displaying all possibilities on terminal screen, as in: $ ls /etc/<TAB> Display all 230 possibilities? (y or n) I want to save all possibilities to a file. ls /etc/ > file.txt ...
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How can I keep the trailing slash after choosing a directory from the zsh completion options?

In zsh, when I press tab 2 times to enter the "completion menu", select a directory and press enter, it first adds the chosen directory with a trailing slash to the command, but as soon as I press ...
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Is there a way to customize “Programmable Completion” in the current session?

If I start typing a command or filename, I can use the tab key to auto-complete my string. That is well known... Is there a way to change the behavior of the auto complete for the current bash ...
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List the bash completion that's current active on a program?

Is there anyway to list the bash completion function in use for current command ? e.g for ls
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zsh autocomplete directory

I'm new to zsh and one thing that I do quite often is execute shell scripts that are in a directory of mine called Scripts. I'm not always inside of the Scripts directory, however... I may be in $...
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Start vi at the last line

I often find myself editing one of a set of configuration files by adding lines at the end. For editing I use vi (from bash) and currently use: vi +$(wc -c /home/john/master/tried.cfg) The above ...
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how to re-use existing completion with recent bash-completion?

i use alias which adds some parameters to some program. for example: alias git.home='git --git-dir=$HOME/.git.home/' complete -o bashdefault -o default -o nospace -F _git git.home \ 2>/dev/...
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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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Why is zsh (oh-my-zsh) completing directories that don't exist?

UPDATE 3 I've worked out that these annoying autocomplete options are actually usernames. I.e. they exist in /etc/passwd I have users such as _kadmin_admin and _kadmin_changepw and many others ...
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Vim insert mode completion for sentences

I would like to have insert mode completion for sentences rather than lines in vim. C-x C-l completes lines, but cannot complete sentences that do not start with a new line. For example: I have a ...
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zsh: complete hostnames and files in given directory

I have a script myscript which takes two arguments: hostname directory How can I write my own zsh completion, so that whenever I do mysript <TAB> it completes from my hosts list (ie same as ...
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How can I fix this SSH hostname tab completion script?

I found the following script (for bash) that enables me to get tab completion for any hostname I've connected to (from ~/.ssh/known_hosts): complete -W "$(echo `cat ~/.ssh/known_hosts | cut -f 1 -d ' ...
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Can any shell do argument-level interactive search?

Sometimes I need to reuse certain long arguments like paths. If I use history search (CTRL+R), I may find some command that contains the path, but I still need to delete anything else in the old ...
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bash does not autocomplete my command when using sudo?

I'm using SaltStack. I would like to auto-complete the minion name when calling the salt command. The following line has been added into ~/.bashrc: complete -o default -o nospace -W "$(sudo ls -1 /...
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Add autocompletion for custom script

I am currently working on a shell script I called makeyourself.sh (linked to /usr/bin/mys) which automatically installs a debian package from source (via apt-get source -b $1). So I decided to add an ...
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autocomplete filenames with underscores

What do I need to add to my ~/.bashrc so that if, for example, there is a file named name_separated_by_under_score, I can press n-s-b-u-s and then [TAB] and the shell will auto-complete the file name? ...
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dnf tab completion hangs

Tab completion is hanging when attempting to complete package names. eg dnf info fire[TAB]. How can I fix this? It works in general for bash, and also for completing dnf options, but not for package ...
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Command completion does not complete the files in the current directory

Something is wrong with my tab completion. Let's say I do this: cd test // works fine, go into test directory ls // works fine, displays all of the files Let's assume I have the following files: ...
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Changing directories with Bash

I was wondering if there was an easier way to pick directories to cd to within one's current directory. For example, is there a way to just get a numbered list of the current directory and be able ...
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Search bash history for already typed command

When I type ctrl+r and then start typing I can see what commands in the history match which is great. Now is there a way to search the history on commands I have already typed in the terminal? For ...
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How to generate list of *all* available commands and functions?

In Linux (I am using CentOS 7), there is a built in functionality to view all runnable commands. The command is run by pressing tab twice in the console followed by the prompt: Display all 1130 ...
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Zsh completion on the second command or after an alias?

I have changed my OS X Yosemite shell to Zsh and configured with "oh my zsh" plugins, recently i installed proxychains-ng to proxy command line tools, but i found zsh completion does not work on the ...
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Where does SSH pull autocompletion from?

I am on an enterprise network in which double tabbing after ssh leads to it spitting out suggestions of computers to ssh to. However, what I've noticed is that depending on which computer I am on, a ...
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How can I ignore / remove / exclude autocompletions in zsh?

I usually use rs+[tab] to get rsync but it's showing three options (on a new system): ➜ $ rs rsh rsync rsyslogd I seldom use rsh or rsyslogd - how can I prevent these from appearing ...
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How can I get Bash to display the auto-completion definitions for a given command?

I use module command to load and unload stuff to my environment, some of the machines I use have proper auto-completion others do not. I'm wondering if I it possible to know where the completion ...
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How to append / extend zshell completions?

I am using zsh with oh-my-zsh. Unfortunately, oh-my-zsh does not use file ~/.ssh/config for hostname auto-completion (see Issue #1009, for instance). This could easily archived by the following code: ...
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Is there anyway to get COMPREPLY to be output as a vertical list of words instead in a single line?

COMPREPLY by default returns a space separated list of words, but I'd like to have it return a single word per line. I've tried putting newlines at the ends of the words and have looked through the ...
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Hide make targets from shell when users autocomplete in bash

Is there a way to flag some targets in a Makefile so that they don't appear at all in the shell when the user types make and then presses Tab ? I am having a Makefile with too many recipes and I don't ...