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Re: question about "-E" option of compadd

On Mon, Apr 25, 2016 at 12:20:04PM -0700, Bart Schaefer wrote:
> On Apr 25,  3:48pm, Han Pingtian wrote:
> } Subject: Re: question about "-E" option of compadd
> }
> } But looks like even if -E was used, all but one empty strings
> } still being removed ? like this:
> } 
> } % _foo()
> } compadd -E 3 foo1 foo1 foo1 foo2 foo3 '' '' ''
> } % compdef _foo foo
> } % foo <tab>
> }    foo1 foo2 foo3
> There's this other part of the documentation for -E
>     empty matches [are] only useful to format completion lists and to
>     make explanatory string be shown in completion lists 
> Without -V -2, the completion listing is deduplicated on the match
> string regardless of the descriptions, so you'll only see one of the
> possibly several descriptions.  With -V -2, identical matches and
> their corresponding descriptions are shown, but if the descriptions
> are missing then the deduplication still happens.
> In other words -E is only used to "pad" the list of matches to have
> the same number of elements as the array of descriptions passed to -d.
> It's not an error to pass -E without -d but it's not useful either.
Thanks so much, now I got it!
> Or at least that's my understanding of how it's expected to work, and
> is how it works in e.g. Oliver's new _dates helper function; but it
> is quite possible that some other combination of options bends it.

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