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SDB:The Command Line Completion in bash Does Not Work as Expected

Şuraya atla: kullan, ara

Version: 7.3


bash's command line completion with <TAB> does not work as expected.


From SuSE Linux 7.3 on, the bash shell has been set to use intelligent command line completion. bash knows about a number of programs and consequently only suggests file names with suffixes matching these programs. This reduces the choice of files offered by <TAB>, improving its usability. However, you may have files with non-standard suffixes on your hard disk so find this feature annoying.


  1. Adapting completions (system-wide): If you just miss a suffix for a program (e.g., .ZIP for unzip on SuSE Linux 7.3), you can edit the file where those completions are defined. The file to edit is /etc/profile.d/complete.bash. If you think your change might be useful for others, please submit it to SuSE feedback <>. Be aware that the file complete.bash may be overwritten by updates. (It is part of the package aaa_base.)
  2. Disabling this feature (per user or system-wide): A user can turn off this feature at the running shell by using the command
shopt -u progcomp
To turn it off for all shells, add this shell command to the user's login script ~/.bashrc. It can be reenabled using
shopt -s progcomp

A system administrator can change it for all users by adding the statement to /etc/profile.local

shopt -u progcomp >/dev/null 2>&1
Individual users can turn it on again using shopt -s progcomp in their bash login scripts. However, we do not recommend changing the system-wide default.