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Re: Circulate matches in command completion?

From: Chet Ramey
Subject: Re: Circulate matches in command completion?
Date: Thu, 11 Feb 2010 11:36:53 -0500
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On 2/11/10 11:05 AM, Peng Yu wrote:
> On Thu, Feb 11, 2010 at 9:58 AM, Chet Ramey <address@hidden> wrote:
>> On 2/11/10 10:54 AM, Peng Yu wrote:
>>> Suppose I file 'a1.txt' and 'a2.txt' in my current directory. When I
>>> type 'cat a' then TAB, it will show me 'a1.txt' and 'a2.txt'. If I
>>> type TAB repeatedly, it will always show me the same thing.
>>> However, a better response might be
>>> 1. complete the command to 'cat a1.txt' at the 2nd TAB,
>>> 2. complete the command to 'cat a2.txt' at the 3rd TAB,
>>> 3. return to the original 'cat a' at the 4th TAB,
>>> 4. complete the command to 'cat a1.txt' again at the 5th TAB.
>>> I'm wondering if there is a way to configure bash this way.
>> bind 'TAB:menu-complete'
> This is helpful. But it is not exactly what I'm looking for. I still
> want to show 'a1.txt' and 'a2.txt' at the 1st TAB. The above bind
> command gives me 'cat a1.txt' directly at the 1st TAB.

Look at the 'show-all-if-ambiguous' option.  The combination may do what
you want.

``The lyf so short, the craft so long to lerne.'' - Chaucer
                 ``Ars longa, vita brevis'' - Hippocrates
Chet Ramey, ITS, CWRU    address@hidden    http://cnswww.cns.cwru.edu/~chet/

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