Restricted tab-completion is annoying
gavin.panella at canonical.com
Thu Oct 11 09:20:12 UTC 2007
Try with the following in your ~/.bashrc:
shopt -u progcomp
That turns off Programmable Completion (see the section in bash man
page for more) and leaves you (well, it leaves me) with the "normal"
Actually, I'm a fan of programmable completion, but I don't like most
of the rules that are added by /etc/bash_completion. I think they
are, as you've found, confusing and too prescriptive. I just have a
few rules which are set in my ~/.bashrc. If you want to go that
route, then use instead:
That will clear the list of completions before you add your own.
On 10 Oct 2007, at 22:23, Aaron C. de Bruyn wrote:
> Today a website generated a PDF file for me automatically and
> firefox popped up and asked if I wanted to download it. I hit 'OK'
> and it saved 'genpdf.asp' into my downloads folder. I was
> surprised to find bash wouldn't tab-complete the filename.
> Apparently there is new (newer than dapper) bash completion code
> that restricts completed files based on the initial part of the
> command. (/etc/bash_completion)
> I think this sucks. I spend a lot of time at the bash prompt and
> use tab-completion constantly. When you are in bash, I would
> expect you sorta know what you are doing.
> One example of where I *will* have issues is if I upgrade my home
> media server from Dapper to Gutsy.
> It stores all the video from my camcorder, copies of all my CDs and
> DVDs, pictures from digital cameras, etc...
> Most of the files don't have an extension because file extensions
> are sorta useless in Linux.
> If I upgrade to Gutsy it appears I won't be able to type in
> 'mplayer StarTrek-Wrath<TAB>' and have it fill in 'StarTrek-
> So I guess I have two questions
> * Why does the tab-completion code that restricts based on command-
> names exist? What benefit does this restriction have to power users??
> * If it's here to stay, what is the official 'ubuntu way' to
> disable it for people who don't like it. It appears /etc/
> bash_completion is owned by the bash package. If I upgrade bash,
> will it come back? I want it off my servers and workstations
> perminantly. I see nothing in /etc/defaults.
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