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Old 04-30-2006, 12:21 AM   #1
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Tab does not auto-complete in terminal

I am used to hitting tab to list possible matches, in a bash terminal.

$ cp image<tab>
$ cp image1<tab>
$ cp image11<tab>
automatically changes it to:
$ cp image11.png
Fedora Core 5 does not seem to do this. How can I add this feature in?
Old 04-30-2006, 12:39 AM   #2
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Alot of times you have to hit tab multiple times in order for this feature to kick in. I know I do in Gentoo using Fluxbox.
Old 04-30-2006, 12:41 AM   #3
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It's probably the readline config that's different. Put into your ~/.inputrc:
set show-all-if-ambiguous on
set show-all-if-unmodified on
Old 05-07-2009, 01:59 PM   #4
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make sure you are using /bin/bash instead of /bin/sh as your shell
Old 06-03-2012, 01:16 PM   #5
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Cool Solution

1. Log as root
2. Press middle (scroll) mouse button in the terminal emulator! (show all ambiguous on)

Last edited by dicyan; 06-04-2012 at 06:18 AM.
Old 06-04-2012, 06:34 PM   #6
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wow man dead thread or what? 2006? Its 2012!!! LOL I do it too. I hit one from 30 years ago once.
Old 06-05-2012, 02:08 PM   #7
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Not to mention that the post that resurrected it doesn't actually provide a solution to the original question. A middle-mouse click generally just pastes the current x-selection. I'm not at all sure what the poster is really thinking.
Old 05-15-2013, 11:03 AM   #8
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And the correct answer is...

yum install bash-completion
Old 09-12-2013, 01:48 AM   #9
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Originally Posted by _s0t0_ View Post
make sure you are using /bin/bash instead of /bin/sh as your shell

Using /bin/bash fixed this issue for me.


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