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Tab completion doesn't work for commands

The installed packages prompt is working fine, eg, gedtab completes to gedit, but package autocomplete on apt-get is not showing list of matching packages, like, sudo apt-get install gedtab won't try to fit ged* packages as it normally should. Similarly, quicklytab pops files and folders in the current directory instead of prompting "commands , create, etc".
Any way of correcting this? And yes, I'm on Ubuntu 12.04.

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marked as duplicate by Gilles, Bruno Pereira Jul 28 '12 at 16:25

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this must work

  1. Open Terminal (to start Ctrl+Alt+T)

    sudo apt-get remove bash-completion && apt-get install bash-completion

  2. Either edit the ~/.bash_profile file to enable it only for a given user or edit /etc/profile to add it system-wide(using gedit). Add the following code:

    if [ -f /etc/bash_completion ]; then
    . /etc/bash_completion

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had to put the line in /etc/bash.bashrc, and worked, Thanks :) – Piyush Jul 28 '12 at 11:06
@piyush youre welcome....! – geoh Jul 28 '12 at 11:09

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