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Re: menu-select doesn't respect COMPLETE_IN_WORD option

Yes, I've tried *not* setting the complete_in_word option, but then the
_prefix completer doesn't work. See this (rather bizarre in my opinion)
explanation from http://zsh.sourceforge.net/Guide/zshguide06.html:

"One gotcha with the _prefix completer: you have to make sure the option
COMPLETE_IN_WORD is set. That may sound counter-intuitive: after all,
_prefix forces completion *not* to complete inside a word. The point is
that without that option, completion is only ever tried at the end of the
word, so when you type <TAB> in the middle of <prefix><suffix>, the cursor
is moved to after the end of the suffix before the completion system has a
chance to see what's there, and hence the whole thing is regarded as a
prefix, with no suffix."

However, after reading that section on _prefix more carefully, I tried
putting the _prefix completer further up in my completer list right after
_expand (in ~/.zshrc) like so:

zstyle ':completion:*' completer _expand _prefix _complete _ignored _prefix

...and now it works (mostly) the way I prefer! Namely, it acts like
expand-or-complete-prefix and ignores the suffix, even if the suffix
matches something. There is still some weirdness with slashes at the end of
directories, so that I get double slashes sometimes when the suffix starts
with a slash, but I suppose that's something I can live with.

(I'm not actually entirely clear how the completer ordering works, so not
sure if I need that second _prefix instance at the end, but whatever works
I guess. If someone would care to shed some light on the matter, that would
be good too.)

On Wed, Jun 10, 2020 at 10:33 PM Bart Schaefer <schaefer@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>

> On Tue, Jun 9, 2020 at 7:26 PM Alan <8fvebtoeq87@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> >
> > I found a partial solution by adding the _prefix completer (along with
> the complete_in_word option).
> Have you tried NOT setting the complete_in_word option?

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