expand a program-name into an absolute path on the bash command-line, using ctrl-e

bind '"\C-e":"\eb `which \ef`\e\C-e"'
Tested with bash v4.1.5 on ubuntu 10.10 Limitations: as written above, only works for programs with no file extention (i.e 'proggy', but not 'proggy.sh') because \eb maps to readine function backward-word rather then shell-backward-word (which is unbinded by default on ubuntu), and correspondingly for \ef. if you're willing to have Ctrl-f and Ctrl-g taken up too , you can insert the following lines into ~/.inputrc, in which case invoking Ctrl-e will do the right thing both for "proggy" and "proggy.sh". -- cut here -- \C-f:shell-backward-word \C-g:shell-forward-word "\C-e":"\C-f`which \C-g`\e\C-e" -- cut here --
Sample Output
Bash$ sudo myscript<Ctrl+e>

becomes:

Bash$ sudo /home/user/bin/myscript

What do you think?

Any thoughts on this command? Does it work on your machine? Can you do the same thing with only 14 characters?

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