Restricted tab-completion is annoying

Forest Bond forest at alittletooquiet.net
Fri Oct 12 13:19:24 UTC 2007


On Fri, Oct 12, 2007 at 02:15:07PM +0100, Fergal Daly wrote:
> On 12/10/2007, Forest Bond <forest at alittletooquiet.net> wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> > On Fri, Oct 12, 2007 at 09:07:17AM +0100, Fergal Daly wrote:
> > > On 12/10/2007, jdong at ubuntu.com <jdong at ubuntu.com> wrote:
> > > > On Thu, Oct 11, 2007 at 06:43:15PM -0700, Aaron C. de Bruyn wrote:
> > > > > > > If I modify them, doesn't that mean they will get overwritten by the next update to the bash package?
> > > > > >
> > > > > > not if you modify them in your own .bashrc
> > > > >
> > > > > Yeah--but system-wide I want it off.
> > > > > On the hosting server I own, I have 4 other admins that would absolutely hate this.
> > > > >
> > > >
> > > > Well, then you should remove it from /etc/skel/.bashrc, and instruct
> > > > existing users how to edit their .bashrc
> > >
> > > I also find this annoying, why not provide an env var or switch somewhere
> > >
> > > COMPLETE_ON_EXTENSION
> > >
> > > that is checked by
> > >
> > > /etc/bash_completion
> > >
> > > before turning on any of the "annoying" features,
> >
> > Enough with the madness.  You are free to edit configuration files (files in
> > /etc), and your changes will not be mindlessly overwritten on upgrades.  Your
> > preference for disabling fancy tab completion is addressed by changing your
> > system-wide config.  Please do so.
> 
> So anyone who disliked anything in the system bashrc 10 years should
> have skipped all updates since?
> 
> Why do I have to opt out of bug future fixes and improvements just
> because somebody else prefers their way of tab-completion?

You don't have to skip the upgrades.  You should install them.

Your configuration file will not be updated automatically, but it is not that
hard to diff the old & new configs and pull in the new changes yourself.  As an
advanced user wanting a non-standard config, you should be comfortable with
this.

If you also feel that the default PDF tab completion could be better, file a
bug.

-Forest
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Forest Bond
http://www.alittletooquiet.net
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