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Re: completion inconsistencies involving symlinks

From: Chet Ramey
Subject: Re: completion inconsistencies involving symlinks
Date: Sat, 09 Sep 2006 17:37:19 -0400
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address@hidden wrote:
>>> I assume my original bug is still open, though?
>> I thought I answered that.  If you prefer physical paths, use `set -o
>> physical' to force them.
> I'm not sure I understand. Whether I want to use logical paths or not
> seems independent of whether or not the command I'm currently typing
> only respects physical paths. So if I don't want to set -o physical, ls
> completion like in my original mail should still be consistent, right?
> What am I missing?
>   $ ls ..
>   y
>   $ ls ../<Tab>
>   f  x

But bash doesn't know whether or not the command only respects physical
paths.  You have to tell it, and `set -o physical' is the way to do that.

If you're objecting to the set of programmable completions available for
`ls', you could make a case that bash should provide, as part of the
programmable completion framework, some option to force physical paths.
However, it currently does not, and it's reasonably easy to write a
completion function to save and restore the value of `set -o physical'
while setting it the way you desire.

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Chet Ramey, ITS, CWRU    address@hidden    http://cnswww.cns.cwru.edu/~chet/

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