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Re: Mailcheck during completion

From: Chet Ramey
Subject: Re: Mailcheck during completion
Date: Thu, 11 Aug 2011 09:54:16 -0400
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On 8/11/11 6:23 AM, Martin von Gagern wrote:
> Hi!
> I often get a bash message about new mail during command line completion.
> Steps to reproduce:
> Type "ls ~/.bas" and press tab.
> Expected result:
> Command line completed to "ls ~/.bash" or whatever is right.
> Actual result:
> If new mails have arrived, the mail check is performed when pressing
> tab, rendering the whole command line like this:
> $ ls ~/.basYou have mail in /var/mail/user
> h
> This is a real problem for both readability and subsequent editing of
> the command line.

I suspect that you have a completion defined for `ls' and it's running a
command or process substitution that's causing the mail check.  Can you
run `set -x', then attempt the completion again and post the results?

``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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