Name

complete

Synopsis

complete [options] command …

Specifies the way to complete arguments for each command. This is discussed in the section Programmable Completion, earlier in the reference.

Options

-a

Same as -A alias.

-A type

Use type to specify a list of possible completions. The type may be one of the following:

alias

Alias names.

arrayvar

Array variable names.

binding

Bindings from the readline library.

builtin

Shell built-in command names.

command

Command names.

directory

Directory names.

disabled

Names of disabled shell built-in commands.

enabled

Names of enabled shell built-in commands.

export

Exported variables.

file

Filenames.

function

Names of shell functions.

group

Group names.

helptopic

Help topics as allowed by the help built-in command.

hostname

Hostnames, as found in the file named by $HOSTFILE.

job

Job names.

keyword

Shell reserved keywords.

running

Names of running jobs.

service

Service names (from /etc/services).

setopt

Valid arguments for set -o.

shopt

Valid option names for the shopt built-in command.

signal

Signal names.

stopped

Names of stopped jobs.

user

Usernames.

variable

Shell variable names.

-b

Same as -A builtin.

-c

Same as -A command.

-C command

Run command in a subshell and use its output as the list of completions.

-d

Same as -A directory.

-e

Same as -A export.

-f

Same as -A file.

-F function

Run shell function function in the current shell. Upon its return, retrieve the list of completions from the COMPREPLY array.

-g ...

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