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Bash auto completion in iTerm2 OSX

Posted by Marius Voila on February 07, 2014 in London, U.K . — 0 comments This post contains 235 words

After trying every solution suggested by other mac users out there on how to get auto completion in iTerm2 I almost give up because nothing worked for me due to the new version of Bash I managed to find on the MacPorts Wiki the only solution who worked for me.

This are the steps I followed to get my iTerm2 use bash completion:

Step is to install bash completion: sudo port install bash-completion Step add in your .bashrc or .bash_profile or .profile :

# bash-completion
if [ -f /opt/local/etc/profile.d/ ]; then
    . /opt/local/etc/profile.d/

Install +bash_completion variant automatically with all ports: Open with your favorite text editor(mine is VIM so I will use it in this example) vim /opt/local/etc/macports/variants.conf and add this line at the end of the file: +bash_completion

In your iTerm2 press ⌘ + , (this will open the Preferences menu) then select Profiles > Your_Default_Profile and on the right side you have Command. Thick the Command and add in the box this /opt/local/bin/bash -l re-open iTerm2 and tadaaa you can haz bash completion working.

For example now you can type:

sudo port install git(and press twice TAB)

This is the result of what you should see:

marius@delirium:~$ sudo port install git-
git-core          git-extras        git-flow          git-ftp           git-sweep_select