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Re: How does one disable completion when nothing but tabs or spaces is o

From: Chet Ramey
Subject: Re: How does one disable completion when nothing but tabs or spaces is on the line?
Date: Tue, 01 Jan 2013 16:29:42 -0500
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On 12/31/12 4:48 PM, Linda A. Walsh wrote:
> If I have nothing but tabs or spaces on a line, how do I disable completion
> but have it return the char typed? (space or tab) -- and if bash is looking
> for a command, then execute any command.

If you don't want TAB to perform completion, you have two choices:

1.  Bind TAB to self-insert
2.  Disable completion with the `disable-completion' readline variable

If you want to insert a TAB without having it perform completion while
leaving it bound to `complete', you can:

1.  Bind some key sequence to `tab-insert' and use that (readline binds
    M-TAB to that, but bash overrides it)
2.  Use the key sequence bound to `quoted-insert' (^V by default) before
    typing TAB.

> NOTE: I tried binding a key like 'backquote' ("`") to the completion
> character,
> but it seems rebinding in readline doesn't work consistently.  Is that a bug?

Who can tell?  You don't provide any information that would allow anyone
to reproduce it.

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

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