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Re: Directory completion problems

From: Artur Rataj
Subject: Re: Directory completion problems
Date: Mon, 23 Apr 2012 09:57:09 +0200

To be exact, symlink is in the directory ~/a, and it points to ~/test and
there is also a directory ~/.java. So, after cd ~/a/symlink, there are two
../.java files -- one in the physical parent, and one in the logical
parent. The former is a directory, the latter is a plain file.

~/a/symlink$ cd ../

produces one alternative: .java, but only if the plain file .java exists.
So, it seems that filenames of all ~/ directories seem to be matched
against filenames of all ~/a/ files of any kind, and the AND result is used
by the completion.

But, if there is some directory in the logical directory, that does not
have its namesake in the physical directory, it is ignored:

ls -la ~/a
total 16
drwxr-xr-x  4 art art 4096 Apr 23 09:51 .
drwxr-xr-x 83 art art 4096 Apr 23 09:51 ..
drwxr-xr-x  2 art art 4096 Apr 19 14:48 .hidden
drwxr-xr-x  2 art art 4096 Apr 23 09:51 i
-rw-r--r--  1 art art    0 Apr 23 09:40 .java
lrwxrwxrwx  1 art art    7 Apr 19 14:48 symlink -> ../test
~/a/symlink$ cd ../i [completion shows only .java, but cd works for i as

To sum that up, files in the logical directory sometimes affect the cd
completion even that they are not directories at all, and sometimes they
are ignored even that they are directories indeed.

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