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curl -Sso ~/Des[TAB]

autocompletes to:

curl -Sso ~/Desktop/


curl -Sso ~/Des[TAB]


I can "fix" this by uninstalling bash-completion, but that's not a real fix.

How do I get sane behavior out of bash-completion under Ubuntu 12.10?

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2nd google match bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/acroread/+bug/769866 - you can start searching from there –  java_xof Jan 3 '13 at 21:38
I don't believe that is related to my problem. My shell escapes characters such as spaces while auto-completing just fine. –  user1946605 Jan 3 '13 at 22:23

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Uncomment the following section in /etc/bash.bashrc:

if ! shopt -oq posix; then
  if [ -f /usr/share/bash-completion/bash_completion ]; then
    . /usr/share/bash-completion/bash_completion
  elif [ -f /etc/bash_completion ]; then
    . /etc/bash_completion
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