Shell tab-completion and other helpful command-line tricks

Derek Broughton derek at
Thu Jan 29 23:59:36 UTC 2009

Jonas Norlander wrote:

> CTRL+A move to beginning of line.

I'd completely forgotten that I used to do that, because HOME usually does 
the job, now
> CTRL+E move to end of line.


> ALT+F move forward a word.

CTRL-RIGHT (except I buggered that by following somebody else's advice, and 
haven't got around to fixing it, so it's nice to see that ALT-F and ALT-B 
still work)

> ALT+B move back a word.


> CTRL+L clear screen.
> CTRL+k remove the text from the cursor to the end of the line.

hmmm.  Never did know that one...

> CTRL+X BACKSPACE remove text from the cursor to the beginning of the line.


> ALT+D delete a word forward.
> ALT+BACKSPACE delete a word backwards.


As, always with Linux, there's more than one way to do anything :-)

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