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Cammand Line auto-complete

Discussion in 'Software' started by Phil, Dec 4, 2004.

  1. Phil
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    I've just come across this great tip. Paste the following lines into a cammand console to turn on auto-complete using the tab key at the command prompt. For instance if you're at c:\ and want to cd into the Program files directory then type cd pro then press tab and it will complete the Program Files bit for you.

    reg add "hklm\software\microsoft\command processor" /v CompletionChar /t REG_DWORD /d 0x9 /f
    reg add "hklm\software\microsoft\command processor" /v PathCompletionChar /t REG_DWORD /d 0x9 /f

    I've tested this on XP and it works a treat, apparently you need to use * instead of Tab on Windows 2000

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  2. AJ

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    great one there Phil.

    Just tryed it and it works a treat. Have been wondering for ages why you can do it in Linux but not in Windows.

    Cheers Phil [​IMG]
     
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  3. tripwire45
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    Nice. You can use autocomplete on the command line with both Linux and on Cisco switches and routers. Good for those pesky commands that you *almost* remember. :biggrin
     
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  4. Fergal1982

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    erm..... guys??????

    im using xp home, and haven't put either of those commands in (unless they are already there) - and ive been able to do it since.... wel.... forever!

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  5. AJ

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    I've got XP Pro with SP 1 on and it doesn't work unless I add the reg setting. Weird or what. :blink
     
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  6. Fergal1982

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    strange indeed.
     
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  7. Bluerinse
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    Well I have never used autocomplete with any command line interpreter before but I thought I would test this out to see.

    I am using W2K Pro and did not enter the registry lines above, yet it does work :eek: How strange? I am not sure as to how useful it is though because it does seem a bit hit and miss, as to what the autocomplete pulls up. For example CD M* takes you to My Music when I wanted to switch to My Documents. Is there an explanation somewhere that gives more instruction on how to use these short cuts?

    Pete
     
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  8. Fergal1982

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    if you put in so little detail, the system will autoselect the first option alphabetically. keep pressing tab to cycle through the option, or input more detail!
     
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  9. Bluerinse
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    Drat, I just lost my long post :cry:

    Oh well, now where was I?

    I was saying thanks Fergal for the help but with W2K you can't use the tab in that fashion, you have to append an * to the end of the line. It works well, that is to say in a more predicatble fashion if the directory name doesn't contain spaces. Possibly XP deals with this issue in a better way?

    There doesn't seem to be a way of tabbing through the possible selections because entering another * just brings up the olde command not recognised message.

    Cheers,

    Pete
     
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  10. Taz69

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    Nice one Phil :D

    Whilst trying to get a little more info on these registry settings I came accross this page.
    (Possibly where this tip originally came from?)

    http://www.mcpmag.com/columns/print.asp?EditorialsID=802

    It might be worth a read as it gives 1 or 2 other tips that might also come in usefull.
     
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  11. Bluerinse
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    Cheers Taz, that's a great link. I didn't know you could fiddle with the properties of the DOS window and make it larger etc. I found that to be somewhat cool 8)

    Pete
     
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