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Questions tagged [auto-completion]

Anything related to automatic completion of path/file/folder names or commands such as the ones provided by bash-completion package

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Can I make Tab auto-completion case-insensitive in Bash?

Ubuntu's Terminal uses case-sensitive auto-completion, as I suppose would be expected for Linux. But I think it would often be more convenient to use a case-insensitive one instead, to save you ...
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How to create script with auto-complete?

When I use program like svn and I type in Gnome Terminal: svn upd and hit Tab it's autocompleted to: svn update Is it possible to do something like that in my custom bash script?
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apt-get autocomplete package name is broken

At some moment apt-get install autocomplete was broken It was very useful to me to see packages name with Tab press How to repair this autocomplete?
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Tab completion doesn't work for commands

I am trying to use tab completion for commands in Ubuntu 11.04 Beta 1, running all the latest updates, but it doesn't seem to work. (Though package bash-completion is installed) Tab completion works ...
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Terminal autocomplete doesn't work properly

If I start typing a command like apt-g after hitting tab, the shell completes the command to apt-get, but for the second part of the command like install, if I enter some characters like insta, ...
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auto-completion does not work for “sudo apt-get install” [duplicate]

Okay a college of mine just showed me that you could do sudo apt-get install <type first letters of package> <TAB> That it auto-completes the name of the package. Just for an example... ...
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How to make terminal autocomplete when there are several files/directory?

If I have several directories, like: afoo abar sometimes my terminal will refuse autocomplete when I press tab (e.g. "cd a" then tab), and print the list of directories instead. Sometimes it even ...
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How to alias 'git' to 'g' so that bash-completion rules are preserved?

If I do this: alias g='git' I loose all completion rules (i.e. branches and remotes are no longer being automatically completed when I hit TAB after typing, for example g push o).
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Autocompletion doesn't work while logged as root

I have just came across something that is really bothering me. Autocompletion on ubuntu works like a charm but when I login as root, e.g. su I get tab autocompletion only sometimes. Why does it work ...
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Can I enable bash-completion for the new apt command?

The new apt command, present in Ubuntu since 14.04, seems to be a really useful intersection of functionality between apt-get and apt-cache but the current version of bash-completion doesn't know ...
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Bash auto_completion with Xubuntu and xrdp from windows

I'm using Xubuntu and connecting over RemoteDesktop with Windows 7. Everything works fine, but the auto_completion in my bash doesn't work. I checked the .bashrc file in my home directory and also ...
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Bash Tab Completion: '-bash: unexpected EOF while looking for matching `)' -bash: syntax error: unexpected end of file

I'm trying to go into an irb session with specific environment variables from a file with this command: $ env $(cat env.sh) irb But when I try press Tab after I type env. to complete it, I get this ...
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Why does terminal auto complete sometimes not suggest anything for the `services` command?

Sometimes, when I type a command on the terminal, the terminal's autocomplete does not work, even if my command is not wrong. For example, take look to this: sudo service vsftpd status sudo and ...
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Is it possible to get tab completion with sftp?

Sometimes I need to quickly copy a file from my remote server to my local machine. Here's my current workflow: I SSH into my remote server, find the file and copy its full path. I open new terminal ...
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Terminal command autocomplete

I'm currently trying to switch from OpenSUSE to Ubuntu as my main OS. While most of opensuse features is there in ubuntu, there is one feature that doesn't. In Opensuse, I can always use Ctrl+Up to ...
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Terminal, how to quit --More— list

I use autocomplete a lot in the terminal, like for example for cp command. But sometimes, when I am putting in the directory for the cp command and I press Tab, the list of files is so long that ...
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What does _expand do?

I was working with the shell, and by mistake I autocompleted with tab after writing _e, which resulted in _expand. What does this command do? I couldn't find an explanation online, the only ...
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How to make bash stop tab autocompleting hidden directories

Most of the time, I don't need autocompletes for my hidden directories. In fact, that's the point of them being hidden! However, annoyingly, bash takes these directories into account when ...
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No tab completion with asterisk *

I am not able to tab complete from the command line in gnome-terminal when I have an asterisk in the command line. Default shell is bash, using gnome-terminal. For example, This works to copy a ...
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How to make my ubuntu auto-shutdown after successful update?

Using a EDGE for update is really not cool but i have to. So my update always runs in night when i go to sleep. Is there any way to set ubuntu to auto-shutdown after completion of update. Note: I ...
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Bash Tab-autocompletion inside command substitution “$( … )” [duplicate]

I am using Bash's Tab autocompletion quite often, but when I'm inside a Bash command substitution structure like in the example below, it breaks and only returns an error. Let's assume I want to find ...
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Bash Completion Doesn't Work In Root User

I'm on 12.04 and I'm trying to find a way to enable Bash completion in root user. Any ideas on how to do that?
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How do I control when bash auto-completion shows a paged list of completions?

In my previous linux installations the bash auto-completion has always worked without problems. If I wanted to do anything to files, giving a prefix of the filename and pressing tabulator listed all ...
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Bash Tab Auto-complete not working for apt

apt-get install and apt-cache policy do not complete package names. I have double checked /etc/bash.bashrc, no irregularities. Googled for answers but none suffice. Any help/advice?
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Select a particular result from completion suggestions

Let's say I have 3 files in a particular directory: abc.txt, aww.txt, ant.txt If I do: cat a (and press tab to see options) terminal will display the 3 file names: abc.txt, aww.txt, ant.txt Is there ...
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Shell tab-completion for service command broken as root

On most of our servers, tab completion of service names after typing in the service command no longer works, as root. It works just fine as non-root. This is on Ubuntu 12.04. I'm not sure how to ...
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enabling auto completion for apt-get install in docker (ubuntu 14.04)

I am running an ubuntu container in docker. I tried everything I found online, including: auto-completion does not work for "sudo apt-get install" but pressing "tab" still has no effect
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Any way to list similar commands?

When you write the command name wrong, bash often does this: septi@norbert:~$ good No command 'good' found, did you mean: Command 'gold' from package 'binutils' (main) Command 'gmod' from package '...
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Autocomplete on .bash_aliases commands?

I have a whole bunch of aliased commands in .bash_aliases The most generic examples are alias apt-update="sudo apt-get update" alias apt-upgrade="sudo apt-get dist-upgrade" but then I also have ...
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How do I get tab completion to work with 'rake'?

When I try to use tab completion with rake, only files are suggested: $ rails test-app | grep -v create; cd test-app $ rake <TAB><TAB> app/ db/ lib/ public/ README ...
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Terminal autocompletion 'tab' not working as intended?

I know this has been discussed on other posts but my problem does not seem to be fully resolved and I do not have permission to add a comment to those posts yet :( listed on help.ubuntu.com > ...
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Bash cannot expand backticks interactively

On RHEL5.2 (bash 2.3.25) I can cd `pwd`/[TAB] and pwd is substituted into my current working directory, using the output of pwd(1). How can I achieve the same functionality in Ubuntu 9.10 (bash 4.0....
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Why doesn't Bash completion for 'cc' and 'c++' work?

While trying to compile using a C/C++ file using cc/c++ commands, I find that it is no longer possible for me to use Tab key for bash-completion. I could do the same before 12.10. Also, when ...
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How to autocomplete formulas in LibreOffice Calc

I recently moved from MS Excel 2007 to LibreOffice Calc (now using Ubuntu 11.10) and there are some things that I still cannot do in LibreOffice Calc. One of these things is formula autocompletion. ...
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Filter tab-completion per application by extension

Say someprogram needs only *.abc files as command line arguments. In terminal, when I do $ someprogram <tab> I'd like to only the *.abc files to be listed for tab auto-complete. How do I do ...
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How can you mirror an autocomplete function in your own aliases (in 14.04)

I have a bunch of aliases that I've used on my 12.04 machine. example: alias pssh="tsocks ssh" alias pscp="tsocks scp" alias prdp="tsocks xfreerdp ..........SOMETHING ...." These aliases are ...
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Tab-completion of shell patterns

On my Debian servers I'm used to hitting Tab to "preview" the expansion of shell patterns: $ cp *some*<Tab> something somewhat have-some-cake $ cp *some*_ When the pattern expands to one ...
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System freezes during Bash auto-completion with Tab or Ctrl+R

It started about a week ago, don't know why. Now, when I type something like cd somedir and click Tab, my system completely freezes for about 10 seconds. I can move the cursor but can't switch between ...
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Shell gives no prompt if auto completion is enabled (blinking cursor instead)

I tryed to enable shell autocompletion uncommenting the following lines in my .bashrc: # enable programmable completion features (you don't need to enable # this, if it's already enabled in /etc/bash....
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alt-tab completion while using SSH

I just recently discovered that pressing alt-tab on a console window allows me to autocomplete from the last commands and parameters I used. Very useful! But when using SSH from Windows this feature ...
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Getting completion feature with Alt+F2 in Unity?

I know there is an application that does what I want. It's called gmrun But I was wondering if I could get something like bash completion with unity's run interface .i.e. with tab command ?
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Command tab completion of arguments from folder

Is it possible to create a list of completions for a command based on some folder's files? Say I want to run Sublime Text 2 on one of my projects, which are saved as ~/sublime_projects/*.sublime-...
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changes to /etc/bash.bashrc not permanent

After a recent upgrade to 12.04, auto tab completion was disable in /etc/bash.bashrc. I uncommented the following lines: if [ -f /etc/bash_completion ] && ! shopt -oq posix; then . /etc/...
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bash autocomplete feature doesn't work when I create function for emacs

Details about my system: I am running Ubuntu 12.04.4 LTS on Oracle Virtual Box 4.3.6, from Windows 8.1 installed on an Asus Laptop. I'm using bash_completion version 1.3 release (I got this from the ...
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enable auto-completion of apt-get for non-privileged user?

I've enabled apt-get in SUDO without password , and bash autocompletion for it need to be enabled as well , but how ? If i try to source that file: %> . /etc/bash_completion.d/apt No command 'have'...
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How enable tab-completion in Dash to run commands? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Getting completion feature with Alt+F2 in Unity? In stardard gnome when I do Alt+F2 I can complete paths and commands with Tab but now in Unity the focus moves down to choose ...
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Does pip have autocomplete?

Pip has a long list of commands. Is there any way to use auto-complete by Tab in console (Bash)?
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How to Tab-complete directories when in symlinked directory?

I have a symlink: /path/to/foo -> /path/to/bar/foo When in /path/to/foo I might want to cd to /path/to/bar/foo: $ cd ../ Tab Then nothing autocompletes. I can still cd just fine by typing in ...
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How do I disable pathname expansion in bash?

Suppose I'm a lazy bum and want to avoid putting every string in quotes when passing arguments to a function, how do I avoid the characters * and ? being used by bash for patname expansion? ...
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sudo command doesn't autocomplete anymore on files

Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS I don't know what I did, everything was working fine, but since today my bash doesn't autocomplete anymore when I use sudo. I can use the autocompletion as normal user, I can use ...