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Re: old-menu-complete behavior in bash v4 / readline v6

From: Alan
Subject: Re: old-menu-complete behavior in bash v4 / readline v6
Date: Fri, 25 May 2012 16:24:42 -0400

By the way, if anyone wants a fix for this bug, here it is:

In lib/readline/funmap.c, around line 107, make "menu-complete" map to

{ "menu-complete", rl_old_menu_complete },

In lib/readline/complete.c, around line 2443, comment out the if-loop:

/*if (match_list_size > 1 && _rl_complete_show_all)
    display_matches (matches);*/

Then compile and install. Works great now.

On Tue, Mar 15, 2011 at 11:24 AM, Chet Ramey <address@hidden> wrote:
> On 3/15/11 11:13 AM, Alan wrote:
>> Thanks for the response!
>> The problem is, if I turn off 'show-all-if-ambiguous', hitting tab
>> won't display all the possible completions. I like the old behavior of
>> 'menu-complete' because if I wanted to display the completions, I
>> could always hit tab before purely cycling through the choices with
>> 'menu-complete.' So it gives more flexibility in my opinion.
>> Plus, I expected something with the name, 'old-menu-complete,' to
>> behave like the old 'menu-complete' did, but I digress...
> Sure, modulo any bug fixes.  It was, as I said, a bug that the menu
> completion function didn't behave like other completion functions and
> honor the setting of show-all-if-ambiguous.  That was changed in the
> readline-6.2 development cycle before I changed the behavior more
> radically and split the old from the new.
>> What would be the best way for me to make old-menu-complete behave
>> like menu-complete did pre-readline-6.0? (In other words, behave like
>> 'show-all-if-ambiguous' is off, while it is really on for other stuff
>> like tab.) Would it be best to write some sort of bash function? Or
>> would it be better to just modify the source code?
> You'll have to modify the source code.
> Chet
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