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Date: Mon, 7 May 2012 11:23:28 +0200
From: Frank Dittrich <>
Subject: Re: file name expansion for --wordlist= and file name
 starting with ~

On 05/07/2012 10:42 AM, Frank Dittrich wrote:
> For all these cases
> $ vim -d:~/test
> $ vim --dummy:~/test
> $ vim -d=~/test
> $ vim --dummy:~/test
> I can press the tab key, and the file name gets expanded to
> /home/fd/test.txt
> But the same doesn't work for ./john.
> It doesn't work for or john /usr/bin/john, either. I just installed
> fedora's package to test this.

$ complete -F _filedir_xspec john

I can use tab completion here
$ john --wordlist=~/test
and it gets expanded to
$ john --wordlist=/home/fd/test.txt

This doesn't just work for john (/usr/bin/john), but also for ./john (in
a run subdirectory).

To make this work permanently, I included the line following line into
my into my ~/.bashrc:
complete -F _filedir_xspec john


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