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    Re: CLI - Underneath it all

    One distinction that is relatively minor in nature but which can be disorienting is that there are different degrees of "tab completion" provided by various distros. Some distros offer context sensitive tab completion which will, for example, only display subdirectories if a 'cd' command is being executed -- or if the 'man' command is being performed, will list potential pages available (ignoring directory and files altogether). Other distros use bare-bones tab completion based only on the file and subdirectory names available.
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    Re: CLI - Underneath it all

    Quote Originally Posted by saulgoode View Post
    One distinction that is relatively minor in nature but which can be disorienting is that there are different degrees of "tab completion" provided by various distros. Some distros offer context sensitive tab completion which will, for example, only display subdirectories if a 'cd' command is being executed -- or if the 'man' command is being performed, will list potential pages available (ignoring directory and files altogether). Other distros use bare-bones tab completion based only on the file and subdirectory names available.
    This should only depend on a) the shell used by default and b) the default shell configuration, right?

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    Re: CLI - Underneath it all

    Quote Originally Posted by cardinals_fan View Post
    This should only depend on a) the shell used by default and b) the default shell configuration, right?
    Correct.
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    Re: CLI - Underneath it all

    Quote Originally Posted by cardinals_fan View Post
    This should only depend on a) the shell used by default and b) the default shell configuration, right?
    BASH programmable completion is a separate package from BASH and may or may not be included with a distro. This is a distinction just as other package choices are, whether Init alternatives, SUDO, or the various shell interpreters.
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    Re: CLI - Underneath it all

    ..the absence or presence of a ports system.
    ..and the writing's on the wall,
    but the walls have all come down,
    if you can't see past the truth,
    I love to let you down..

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