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This question explains how to reload .inputrc using C-x C-r. But how would one reload it using commands in a bash script?

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Use the bind command:

bind -f ~/.inputrc

See help bind for more information:

-f  filename       Read key bindings from FILENAME.
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    This doesn't unbind removed entries. – Sparhawk Oct 18 '15 at 2:52
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    I am a bit surprised to see that the -f option accepts only a filename, not a file, which means, for instance, that bind -f <(cat ~/.inputrc) has no effect. I run into this while trying to pass a single set line to bind -f. – Enrico Maria De Angelis Oct 13 '19 at 9:04

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