tab-completion [was: VIM - Vi IMproved 6.4 (2005 Oct 15, compiled Oct 17 2005 11:54:34]

Eric Blake
Wed Oct 26 04:03:00 GMT 2005

> PS Speaking of filename completion: Windows can be configured to use TAB as 
> cmd file and directory expansion character. I do find the cmd filename 
> completion behaviour more convenient than the default bash version. It is
> usually 
> not difficult to organize a directory so that TAB or SHIFT-TAB find the
> desired 
> file/dir quickly.
> On bash you default get a beep and filename expansion stops whenever there 
> is more than one choice. I hate that.

bash tab-completion is highly programmable.  I suggest you read up on
'man bash' and 'man readline'.  For example, binding TAB to 'menu-complete'
instead of 'complete' changes the behavior of completion to cycle through
complete filenames rather than stopping at the unambiguous prefix.
Furthermore, with the bash-completion package installed properly, you
get some very powerful context-sensitive completions (try doing THAT
in windows).  Just because the default behavior doesn't match your
liking doesn't mean that bash can't do what you want.

Eric Blake
volunteer cygwin bash/bash-completion maintainer

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