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Re: Is this a bug?

From: Dale R. Worley
Subject: Re: Is this a bug?
Date: Sun, 23 Aug 2020 22:53:07 -0400

George R Goffe <grgoffe@yahoo.com> writes:
> Shouldn't there be a message about no file found presented by bash?
> There appears to be NO indication that filename completion has failed
> to find a file.

I'm not very experienced using filename completion, but my understanding
is that completion indicates "there is no file with this prefix" by
ringing the bell, and I assume that specifically means emitting a \007
character.  bash depends on whatever "terminal program" it is running
under to give the user an indication that \007 has been emitted.

In the one system to hand, the terminal program is xterm, but it gives
no indication for \007.  And my memory is that over the years, support
for "the bell" has been poor and inconsistent.

Now maybe there's a way to configure bash to indicate
no-completion-choices in a different way.

> I'm at a loss as to what to do at this point. What I would like to be
> able to ctrl-c out of filename completion.

Sorry, I've re-read your messages and I can't tell what your situation
really is.  Can you describe a test case where you can't ctrl-c out of
filename cmopletion, including the facts about the files involved, the
exact sequence of what you type, and the behavior you observer?


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