name completion in terminal?
David G. Miller
dave at davenjudy.org
Sun Apr 29 14:32:00 UTC 2007
Cameron Simpson <cs at zip.com.au> wrote:
> On 28Apr2007 22:24, David G. Miller <dave at davenjudy.org> wrote:
> | Peter Gordon <peter at thecodergeek.com> wrote:
> | >On Sat, 2007-04-28 at 22:07 -0400, Michael Klinosky wrote:
> | >>> Does Fedora have file/directory name completion (when using a terminal)?
> | >
> | >Yes, install the 'bash-completion' package then restart your terminal
> | >(or open a new one) and then you can use the Tab key to automagically
> | >complete commands, filenames and directories. Some commands even have
> | >associated completion-capable switches, too; but that's dependent on the
> | >program's packaging.
> | >
> | >Hope that helps.
> | Unless you use c-shell instead of bash (one of my dirty little
> | secrets). File completion is built into the c-shell but you have to
> | turn it on with "set filec".
> Actually, it's built into tcsh. Csh predated the patches that
> constituted tcsh (tcsh is just csh with the interaction patches,
> including the file completion stuff).
> | Alas, no command switch completion
> | though. No idea on korn shell, zsh, etc. if you're running one of those.
> Bash and zsh do file completion out of the box. I somewhat prefer zsh's
> style myself.
Thanks. I started using c-shell in about 1988 when the alternatives
were sh (note, not bash) and ksh. I couldn't remember whether it did
file completion then or not. I switched to tcsh probably in the mid
1990s when I was doing a lot of shell programming and started running
into the limitation of csh of that era. Now that bash has the features
that tcsh had back when I should probably switch but I still like the
logic control syntax of tcsh over bash for scripting (e.g., endif
instead of fi).
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