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When I use tab for filename completion and there are more than ~100 matches, it displays something like "Display all 403 possibilities? (y or n)". This gets annoying when I do it many times a day. Is there a way to always display all completions instead of this prompt? Or even better, set the threshold above which it displays the prompt?

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You can set the threshold by adding a line like this to your ~/.inputrc file:

set completion-query-items 1000

The default is 100 and 0 appears to set no limit. This is documented in the bash(1) man page.

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Awesome. Thank you! – fferen Mar 11 '12 at 5:18

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