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Re: [Help-bash] [completion] Is it possible to auto complete one word in

From: Chet Ramey
Subject: Re: [Help-bash] [completion] Is it possible to auto complete one word into multiple ones?
Date: Thu, 30 Jul 2015 10:10:46 -0400
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On 7/29/15 11:08 PM, Clark Wang wrote:
> On Wed, Jul 29, 2015 at 10:19 PM, Chet Ramey <address@hidden
> <mailto:address@hidden>> wrote:
>     On 7/27/15 4:24 AM, Clark Wang wrote:
>     > For example, the foo command has a ``--select all'' option but has no
>     > ``-a'' option. I want to define a compspec for foo so when I input ``foo
>     > -a'' and press <TAB> it'll replace ``-a'' with ``--select all''.
>     Make your completion function set COMPREPLY[0]='--select all' when
>     ${COMP_WORDS[$COMP_CWORD]} == '-a' (or $2 == '-a').  Make it a special
>     case if you have to.
> Cool it's so easy. I had thought Bash would smartly expand it to
> ``--select\ all'' so I even did not try that. Thanks.

Only if you ask for it.  If you specify you're completing filenames, you
get filename-like quoting.  You can also use `compopt -o noquote' to
turn it off for this case if your compspec enables it by default.

``The lyf so short, the craft so long to lerne.'' - Chaucer
                 ``Ars longa, vita brevis'' - Hippocrates
Chet Ramey, ITS, CWRU    address@hidden

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