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Re: Question: Is there any way to use the bash completion feature from Emacs shell mode.
Wed, 12 Oct 2016 09:25:25 +0900
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Sorry for top posting.
I have tried term mode and it certainly can use the full featured bash
completion (tailored for each command, e.g. hg command, and its
However, as some mentioned, basically almost all the keys are eaten now
by term-mode. This negates the benefit of copy&paste using emacs of the
output of previous commands executed by bash, etc.
(I can use mouse to do the operation, but I prefer key binding.)
However, I did not realize C-C ad C-X are swapped there. Maybe I should
retry the experience.
emacs-bash-completion may be a way to go. I will check it out.
OTOH, I think my needs can be satisfied using
term mode, but somehow keeping C-N, C-P, C-@ and C-W for emacs.
After thinking more, I think I need C-A and C-E and C-K for emacs mode
But this definitely interferes with bash's idea of readline editing.
We can't have cake and eat it, too.
I will try using these different methods a few days more and report back
I once tried using term mode, but gave up.
But the merit of bash completion is now too good to ignore these days.
It magically works for many commands!
Thank you again.
PS: The shell mode completion can
offer the candidates for command names and arguments that are filenames.
This is useful definitely.
But bash completion database "KNOWS" the name of the options each
command takes, AND sometimes it knows where the argument which is mapped
to a file path name in one way or the other: for example,
MERCURIUM source control system command "hg" has "qqueue" subcommand to
switch between different patch queues. Patch queues are stored
under .hg/patches-QQNAMES where QQNAMES is the name of the queue.
So if we issue
hg qqueue original
it refers to .hg/patches-original queue.
hg qqueue myfix
refers to .hg/patches-myfix
And this .hg subdirector is searched if it is not under the current
directory. It will be searched in the parent directory, and so on.
Bash completion is very clever (of course, it depends on the completion
database that defines the functions to look for candidates for command
options and arguments.)
The completion of Emacs's shell mode cannot handle such advanced mapping
to a file name. But bash's completion can (!).
This is why I wanted to use bash's completion.
On 2016/10/10 22:40, Oleksandr Gavenko wrote:
On 2016-10-08, ISHIKAWA,chiaki wrote:
Unfortunately, bash's completion feature does not work in Emacs shell mode.
Obviously, [TAB] is stolen by Emacs for its own handling of TAB character.
Emacs's tab completion for filenames works great.
But I would like Bash's completion somehow works, too.
Please look to my answer:
In short you should learn ``M-x term`` mode and a few key binding:
* ``C-C C-j``
* ``C-c C-k``
* ``C-c ...``
There is attempts to define ``comint-dynamic-complete-functions``:
(defun comint-completion-at-point ()
for readline-enabled programs:
Re: Question: Is there any way to use the bash completion feature from Emacs shell mode., Bob Proulx, 2016/10/09
Re: Question: Is there any way to use the bash completion feature from Emacs shell mode., Oleksandr Gavenko, 2016/10/10
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