[CentOS] bash completion in C7

Thu Aug 30 00:59:58 UTC 2018
Gordon Messmer <gordon.messmer at gmail.com>

On 08/29/2018 09:22 AM, wwp wrote:
> On Wed, 29 Aug 2018 08:27:06 -0700 Gordon Messmer <gordon.messmer at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On 08/28/2018 11:33 PM, wwp wrote:
>>>    - it doesn't expand *foo whereas there are *foo-named files in current dir, for instance:
>>>      # rm *foo
>>>      will show nothing whereas there's a file barfoo in curdir.
>> Tab completion finishes a single word, given a string that appears at the beginning of a list of candidates.
> Wrong, tab completion proposes the list of candidates if there are
> several, and it only finishes a single word automatically if there's
> only one match for the pattern. At least I never experienced tab
> completion how you're describing it.

Perhaps a miscommunication.  What I mean is that tab completion's final 
outcome would be a single word, though it can suggest multiple 
candidates if there are several with matching prefix strings.

>> Wildcard expansion (Ctrl+x, e) will expand a word containing a wildcard to multiple words on the command line, usually so that you can remove some matches.
>> Neither will do specifically what you're trying to do, as far as I know.  I think it's simply too ambiguous.
> This works fine in CentOS 6

$ docker run -i -t --rm centos:6 /bin/bash --login
[root at 9880736fa3ce ~]# touch 1.foo-named
[root at 9880736fa3ce ~]# touch 2.foo-named
[root at 9880736fa3ce ~]# ls *.fo

Tab completion doesn't work the way you're suggesting, on CentOS 6. It's 
possible that such a feature exists in some shell, but not one that I'm 
aware of.