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Re: bash completion after a multiline string

From: Chet Ramey
Subject: Re: bash completion after a multiline string
Date: Tue, 29 Jun 2021 10:41:44 -0400
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On 6/22/21 3:52 AM, Phi Debian wrote:

When doing

$ echo foo "bar" /tm<TAB>

I got /tm expanded to /tmp/ that is indeed correct.

But if I do

$ echo foo "bar
more bar" /tm<TAB>

No completion is done. My question is doest this behavior a feature or a

Neither, really, it's just a consequence of readline being line-oriented
and a little more application-agnostic than you think.

Readline understands how to complete within partially-quoted strings, or
unclosed quoted strings if you prefer, since that's something fairly common
across all the applications that use it. Since it's line-oriented, it
doesn't know about quotes on previous lines, nor whether or not previous
lines should logically be considered part of the current line.

If you combine these two things, you should be able to see why the word
you're trying to complete is ` /tm'.

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Chet Ramey, UTech, CWRU    chet@case.edu    http://tiswww.cwru.edu/~chet/

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