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Tab-completion with directories/links

when I've a symlink foo linking to a directory bar/ and I start typing f and hit tab, it completes to foo but I'd like to complete it to foo/ so I can immediately add the next character for further completes. How can I do that?

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marked as duplicate by studiohack Apr 16 '11 at 18:42

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Enable the mark-symlinked-directories option for readline.

  1. Edit ~/.inputrc:

    $include /etc/inputrc
    set mark-symlinked-directories on
  2. Press C-x, C-r to reload the settings.

See section READLINE in the manual page of bash for further documentation.

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Thank you so much, I've been dealing with the differences between OSX (defaults to on) and Linux (defaults to off) for months, and I finally got fed up enough to google it! You're my new hero. :) – staticfloat Aug 7 '13 at 0:56
On some terminals C-x, C-r didn't work for me so I use bind -f ~/.inputrc – blockloop Aug 1 '14 at 20:05
This shows the power of stackexchange combined with a simple answer and well-formulated question, answered my question in first attempt, got here via google, thanks. :) – DusteD Oct 7 '14 at 13:57
what is this line $include /etc/inputrc for? – razzak Dec 9 '15 at 17:30
@razzak: Loads additional settings from that file, which usually has various standard keybindings for common terminals. (Usually they get loaded automatically, but if you have an ~/.inputrc of your own, you need to load the system-wide one manually.) See section READLINE in the manual page of bash for further documentation. – grawity Dec 9 '15 at 19:16

I don't know if you can do it exactly as you've described, but if you hit tab twice, it should complete the exapansion.

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