I'm trying to find a way to scroll through the suggestions made by the auto-complete feature in the gnome terminal.

For example if I type

sudo apt-get install xserver-

and use double tab, there are large amounts of suggetions going over a page. Is there a set of keys to scroll back and forth though these suggestions?

  • See Fabby's answer in that post. It's a bit verbose, but what you want is the menu-complete setting in it.
    – muru
    Commented May 11, 2015 at 10:53
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    For better navigation through the suggestions I use zsh.
    – A.B.
    Commented May 11, 2015 at 10:54

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The double tab will try to autocomplete or list the available files/commands/etc...

This double tab opened using more .

man more

 more is a filter for paging through text one screenfull at a time.

to move between screens you have to use the Space key and to move down one line, use Enter.

A nice answer provided here

By default TAB is bound to the complete readline command. Your desired behavior would be menu-complete instead. You can change your readlines settings by editing ~/.inputrc. To rebind TAB, add this line:

TAB: menu-complete

Now you can move between list of outputs using Tab

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