Name

complete

Synopsis

    complete [string [word/pattern/list[:select]/[suffix]]]

List all completions, or, if specified, all completions for string (which may be a pattern). Further options can be specified.

Options for word

c

Complete current word only, without referring to pattern.

C

Complete current word only, referring to pattern.

n

Complete previous word.

N

Complete word before previous word.

p

Expect pattern to be a range of numbers. Perform completion within that range.

Options for list

Various lists of strings can be searched for possible completions. Some list options include:

( string )

Members of the list string.

$ variable

Words from variable.

' command '

Output from command.

a

Aliases.

b

Bindings.

c

Commands.

C

External (not built-in) commands.

d

Directories.

D

Directories whose names begin with string.

e

Environment variables.

f

Filenames.

F

Filenames that begin with string.

g

Groups.

j

Jobs.

l

Limits.

n

Nothing.

s

Shell variables.

S

Signals.

t

Text files.

T

Text files whose names begin with string.

u

Users.

v

Any variables.

x

Like n, but prints select as an explanation with the editor command list-choices.

X

Completions.

select

select should be a glob pattern. Completions are limited to words that match this pattern. suffix is appended to all completions.

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