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Re: file completion(?) erases word typed

Bart Schaefer wrote on Tue, Aug 23, 2016 at 22:52:04 -0700:
> On Aug 23, 10:48pm, Daniel Shahaf wrote:
> }
> } I noticed something odd in a completion function that (eventually) calls
> } _path_files:
> } 
> } % git config sendemail.smtpserver <TAB><^C> # autoload
> } % compdef __git_sendmail_smtpserver_values f 
> } % f /usr/bin/gtk-update-icon-cache-3.<TAB>
> } % f <CURSOR>
> } 
> } It erased the word I'd typed.
> I'm not certain what's going on here either, but loading up a few more
> zstyles and using a completion that's not unique might have provided a 
> hint:
> torch% f zsh-<TAB>
> torch% f /usr/local/bin/zsh-5<TAB>
> Completing hashed command by absolute path
> /usr/local/bin/zsh-5.0.2-dev-0      /usr/local/bin/zsh-5.0.8          
> /usr/local/bin/zsh-5.0.3            /usr/local/bin/zsh-5.1            
> /usr/local/bin/zsh-5.0.4            /usr/local/bin/zsh-5.1.1          
> /usr/local/bin/zsh-5.0.5            /usr/local/bin/zsh-5.2            
> /usr/local/bin/zsh-5.0.7                                              
> Completing file
> zsh-5.0.2-dev-0*  zsh-5.0.5*        zsh-5.1*                          
> zsh-5.0.3*        zsh-5.0.7*        zsh-5.1.1*                        
> zsh-5.0.4*        zsh-5.0.8*        zsh-5.2*
> Note that it lists the individual files as possible completions.  For
> one of those to match the command line, the /usr/local/bin/ prefix
> would have to be erased.
> Repeated whacking of TAB at this point menu-cycles through only the
> "hashed command by absolute path" selections, the base file names are
> never offered.

With the following style set, basenames are offered:

zstyle ':completion:*' menu 'select=long-list' 'select=3'

> If I append the "." and use list-choices (^D) I get the same listing
> as above, but as soon as I hit TAB instead, the whole word is erased
> like your example.

It seems "." isn't special here at all: in my original reproducer,
«/usr/bin/gtk-update-icon-cache-<TAB>» erases the word too.  (Without the
last hyphen it'd still be ambiguous)

I don't know why list-choices would act differently to expand-or-complete.

> There are a couple of curious tidbits in the _complete_debug traces.
> Here we add the command path but tell completion that the path prefix
> should be removed from the resulting command line when completing:
>          +_hashed_absolute_command_paths:6> compadd -M 'l:|=/usr/local/bin/' -J -default- -a 'commands[(R)${~i}[^/]#]'
> Here we add all the base names but say the path prefix should be pasted
> back on -- but (weirdly) that the path without its leading slash should
> be an ignored prefix:
>           +_path_files:713> compadd -Qf -J -default- -p usr/local/bin/ -s '' -W /usr/local/bin/ -M 'r:|/=* r:|=*' -a tmp1
> I have no idea why ignoring the path minus its leading slash would ever
> be correct, but in any case this appears to be adding the full path by
> two different and contradictory approaches.

What _absolute_command_paths intended to be is:

- You can type a command name and complete it to its absolute path,
  e.g., ls<TAB> → /bin/ls;

- You can type in an absolute path to an executable file, even if that
  file is not in $PATH or in $commands.

So, when you complete something like /usr/local/bin/foo<TAB>
→ presumably /usr/local/bin is in your $PATH — both alternatives add
/usr/local/bin/foo* matches; the first alternative lets you type
'foo<TAB>' to get /usr/local/bin/foo* matches and the second alternative
lets you type '/usr/local/bin/foo<TAB>' to get those matches.  The
first alternative shouldn't be adding any matches in the situation of
the minimal reproducer.



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