On Sat, Jul 29, 2006 at 08:17:00 -0600, Paul E Condon wrote:
> On Sat, Jul 29, 2006 at 01:35:58PM +0000, s. keeling wrote:
> > Paul E Condon <firstname.lastname@example.org>:
> > > On Wed, Jul 26, 2006 at 10:52:05AM +0200, Brent Clark wrote:
> > > >
> > > > You know when you install debian and debconf a screen whereby you can add
> > > > more sources to the sources.list file etc.
> > > >
> > > > Is there a dpkg-reconfigure option for that.
> > Try running "apt-spy"
> > > > also, apart from using dpkg -l to see what packages are installed. How
> > > > would I know what software / packages I can use dpkg-reconfigure with.
> > >
> > > dpkg-reconfigure is a program for re-running part of the installation
> > > of a package. You only use it when more direct methods are too messy.
> > >
> > > > Is there a list somewhere or something
> > Someone recently told me you can use bash TAB completion to answer
> > this, but it doesn't work for me:
> > dokg-reconfigure<TAB>
> > This is a good question. I've asked it before too, and I've yet to
> > see a useful answer.
> I just a user, too. So, this may not be a useful answer, but...
> I can't imagine why or how this could work. dpkg-reconfigure is an
> executable program. It needs to be given the name of a package to work
> on. Tab completion might tell it to work on no package, or it might
> tell it to work on all installed packages. Neither is a useful action.
> And, the details of how the bash shell processes command line type-in
> make it impossible for the shell to get to the point of actually
> invoking dpkg-reconfigure. Instead, it issues a beep, which is computer
> speak for 'huh?' .
You can get extended bash completion features if you source the file
/etc/bash_completion at terminal startup and/or login. I have it like
this in my .bashrc (this was already there but commented out):
if [ -f /etc/bash_completion ]; then
Then you can do things like
and bash will complete for all commands that start with "ps" and have
manpages. It will then also know the options for many commands, e.g.
will give me "--initrd ", etc.
I have never done so myself, but I assume that you can set up your own
completion schemes as well.
The whole thing has one disadvantage: It leads to a slight but
noticeable delay every time bash is started. I guess that is the reason
why it is not enabled by default. (Knoppix has it activated, for