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How to? Name completion only of directories?

Discussion in 'Support' started by Rodolfo, Sep 3, 2015.

  1. Rodolfo

    May 20, 2009
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    I am in a directory called for example "F:\Provider\Cisco\".
    Inside it I have many files, all that start with "AnyConnect*", and also a directory called "anyconnect-win-3.1.10010-pre-deploy-k9", as You can see below there are many files.
    Now, I want for example to see what is inside the directory.
    I type "dir anyconnect" and then press TAB.
    I have to press it many times, since it finds first all files, and only at the end it finds the directory.
    Is there a way, for example with ctrl+alt+shift+tab, or an option, to expand names only for directories and not for files?
    Right now I cannot find any.
    I can use a workaround, for example I cd into the directory and then I type dir.
    Or, I type "cd anyconnect" and then press TAB.
    Since I have the option that for cd it completes only directories, I get immediately the directory and skip files.
    Then, I go back on the command-line and change from cd to the command that I want to use.
    But, I would like better a key combination to expand only directories.

    Thank You and regards

    Rodolfo Giovanninetti

    Volume in drive F is unlabeled Serial number is 00bd:629b
    Directory of F:\PROVIDER\cisco\*

    03/09/2015 11:23 <DIR> .
    03/09/2015 11:23 <DIR> ..
    02/09/2015 15:42 <DIR> anyconnect-win-3.1.10010-pre-deploy-k9
    02/09/2015 16:39 247.696 anyconnect-EnableFIPS-win-3.1.10010.exe
    02/09/2015 16:39 10.240 anyconnect-EnableFIPS-win-3.1.10010.mst
    02/09/2015 16:39 581.000 anyconnect-gina-win-3.1.10010-pre-deploy-k9-lang.zip
    02/09/2015 16:39 581.003 anyconnect-gina-win-3.1.10010-web-deploy-k9-lang.zip
    02/09/2015 16:39 85.426 anyconnect-linux-3.1.10010-EnableFIPS.tar.gz
    02/09/2015 16:38 12.122.817 anyconnect-linux-3.1.10010-k9.pkg
    02/09/2015 16:38 7.232.810 anyconnect-linux-3.1.10010-vpnapi.tar.gz
    02/09/2015 16:38 82.983 anyconnect-linux-64-3.1.10010-EnableFIPS.tar.gz
    02/09/2015 16:38 12.718.496 anyconnect-linux-64-3.1.10010-k9.pkg
    02/09/2015 16:38 7.531.051 anyconnect-linux-64-3.1.10010-vpnapi.tar.gz
    02/09/2015 16:37 79.863 anyconnect-macosx-i386-3.1.10010-EnableFIPS.tar.gz
    02/09/2015 16:37 9.573.720 anyconnect-macosx-i386-3.1.10010-k9.dmg
    02/09/2015 16:37 12.722.977 anyconnect-macosx-i386-3.1.10010-k9.pkg
    02/09/2015 16:37 6.463.026 anyconnect-macosx-i386-3.1.10010-vpnapi.tar.gz
    02/09/2015 16:37 9.051.855 anyconnect-predeploy-linux-3.1.10010-k9.tar.gz
    02/09/2015 16:37 9.605.229 anyconnect-predeploy-linux-64-3.1.10010-k9.tar.gz
    02/09/2015 16:36 4.120.576 anyconnect-profileeditor-win-3.1.10010-k9.msi
    20/06/2013 12:08 1.868.864 anyconnect-win-2.5.3046-web-deploy-k9.exe
    02/09/2015 16:36 38.409.858 anyconnect-win-3.1.10010-k9.pkg
    02/09/2015 16:35 585.681 anyconnect-win-3.1.10010-pre-deploy-k9-lang.zip
    02/09/2015 16:35 23.244.800 anyconnect-win-3.1.10010-pre-deploy-k9.iso
    02/09/2015 16:34 585.661 anyconnect-win-3.1.10010-web-deploy-k9-lang.zip
    02/09/2015 16:34 75.264.810 anyconnect-win-vpnapi-3.1.10010.zip
    02/09/2015 16:33 814.121 sampleTransforms-3.1.10010.zip
    02/09/2015 16:33 47.130 thirdparty_3.1.10010_3eTI_Docs.zip
    233.631.693 bytes in 25 files and 3 dirs 233.672.704 bytes allocated
    3.262.488.576 bytes free
  2. Jay Sage

    Jun 2, 2008
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    You could define an alias, for example DIRD, that runs the DIR command, but you could configure it the way you did CD to file-complete only directories.

    -- Jay
  3. samintz

    samintz Scott Mintz

    May 20, 2008
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    Yes, what Jay said. Add DIRD to your FILECOMPLETION environment variable (e.g. set FILECOMPLETION=cd cdd rd dird:DIRS) or in your configuration file. And add a DIRD alias. Or if you are a lazy typist like me, name it DD instead of DIRD.

    set FILECOMPLETION=cd cdd rd dd:DIRS
    alias dd=dir
    DIR<tab> will cycle through all the names
    DD<tab> will only cycle through the directory names
  4. Jay Sage

    Jun 2, 2008
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    Scott, I used DIRD in the example because, like you, I'm a lazy typist, which means that I already had an alias DD that does something that I need a lot more often that what was asked for here. And then, of course, there's the alias D, which is what I use for the DIR command with my favorite options.:smile:

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