Restricted tab-completion is annoying

Aurélien Naldi aurelien.naldi at
Fri Oct 12 13:24:29 UTC 2007

> 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?

I have to disagree here.
bash has tons of configuration files:
  your own .bashrc

you can put changes in any of these files, but obviously if you choose
to modify one of the /etc file, you will have to deal with it! Just
like you do for every other configuration file!
dpkg deals with config files changes pretty well I think, you can rely
on it to be warned when there is a new version and then merge your
changes in it.

you can also follow the vim way: add "source /etc/bash.basrc.local" at
the end of your bash.bashrc file and put whatever big changes you want
in this other file.
Then you have the big changes you want and you can painlessly merge
them with any new version.

I have to agree with the previous comment: can we stop this madness now ?
Config file conflicts are IMHO nicely handled in dpkg, just use it...

Aurélien Naldi

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