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In Bash, when defining an alias, one usually loses the completion related to the function used in that alias (that completion is usually defined in /etc/bash_completion using the complete builtin).
It's easy to reuse the work done for that completion in order to have smart completion for our alias.
That's what is done by this command line (that's only an example but it may be very easy to reuse).
Note 1 : You can use given command line in a loop "for old in apt-get apt-cache" if you want to define aliases like that for many commands.
Note 2 : You can put the output of the command directly in your .bashrc file (after the ". /etc/bash_completion") to always have the alias and its completion
A common mistake in Bash is to write command-line where there's command a reading a file and whose result is redirected to that file.
It can be easily avoided because of :
1) warnings "-bash: file.txt: cannot overwrite existing file"
2) options (often "-i") that let the command directly modify the file
but I like to have that small function that does the trick by waiting for the first command to end before trying to write into the file.
Lots of things could probably done in a better way, if you know one...
Pressing ESC then * will insert in the command line the results of the autocompletion.
It's hard to explain but if you look the sample output or do
echo ESC *
you will understand quickly.
By the way, few reminders about ESC :
- Hold ESC does the same thing as tab tab
- 'ESC .' inserts the last argument of last command (can be done many times in order to get the last argument of all previous commands)
command | my_irc
Pipe whatever you want to this function, it will, if everything goes well, be redirected to a channel or a user on an IRC server.
Please note that :
- I am not responsible of flood excesses you might provoke.
- that function does not reply to PINGs from the server. That's the reason why I first write in a temporary file. Indeed, I don't want to wait for inputs while being connected to the server. However, according to the configuration of the server and the length of your file, you may timeout before finishing.
- Concerning the server, the variable content must be on the form "irc.server.org 6667" (or any other port). If you want to make some tests, you can also create a fake IRC server on "localhost 55555" by using
netcat -l -p 55555
- Concerning the target, you can choose a channel (beginning with a '#' like "#chan") or a user (like "user")
- The other variables have obvious names.