Linux command-linx completion is hard to live without

January 4, 2014

I’ve started using my hackintosh for development of late, and I noticed that I struggle to use because it seems to lack the full tab-autocomplete features that linux seems to have. For those that don’t know, when you start to type something in a terminaI, you press tab, and it’ll spit out a list of options that start with what you’ve typed in. I never realized how addictive it was to have on my linux computers.

It’s crazy how much time it saves me and how useful it is as a search tool so I thought I’d make a list of the common functions I use with I can’t live without anymore.
Note: In the screenshots below, I’ve pressed tab at the end of each line I’ve written to have the options show up, you just can’t see me type it obviously.

Finding packages with <insert package manager here>

Searching files in a directory

Application support for command-line arguments

I’m not sure if this one is relevant or it’s part of the OS, but I’m talking about auto-completing git comm into git commit

To some, this might seem like a ridiculous thing to mention, but I come across people who forget that there’s an extra button on your keyboard that’s hiding next to your left hand when you type, and (in a small way) it can add to your productivity.

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