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Re: bash completion quirk or bug?


From: Paul Jarc
Subject: Re: bash completion quirk or bug?
Date: Fri, 20 Sep 2002 01:38:19 -0400
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Barry J Gould <address@hidden> wrote:
> If I am in a directory via a SYMLINK, and I type ../otherdir<TAB> the
> completion puts a space at the end of otherdir instead of a slash ( / )
...
> I don't know of any reason for it to do this, so I'm assuming it's a bug.

The reason is that ".." may not mean what it might seem to mean.  The
textwise interpretation can be different from the statwise
interpretation.

> address@hidden var]# ll mail
> lrwxrwxrwx    1 root     root           10 Jun  3 06:12 mail -> spool/mail
>
> address@hidden var]# cd mail
>
> address@hidden mail]# ll ../log <hit tab, got space not slash>

ll would interpret this argument as /var/spool/log (assuming
/var/spool/mail is not also a symlink), but it's likely you would have
expected it to be interpreted as /var/log.  The difference in
completion warns you.


paul




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