[gmx-users] future of shell completions in GROMACS

Mark Abraham mark.j.abraham at gmail.com
Mon Jan 20 15:03:57 CET 2014


Also, current developer discussion can be found here
http://redmine.gromacs.org/issues/1410, and experience and input even for
bash is welcome!


On Mon, Jan 20, 2014 at 3:01 PM, Mark Abraham <mark.j.abraham at gmail.com>wrote:

> Hi,
> Past versions of GROMACS supported source-ing completion.* shell files
> from the installation directory, so that you could do things like
> grompp -f myinp
> followed by a tab keypress to do UNIX-style command completion that would
> correctly work out that myinputfile.mdp was an appropriate completion and
> (say) myinputfile.gro was not.
> For 5.0 this is going to be more tricky to support, because GROMACS usage
> will change to
> gmx grompp -f
> so the machinery will need some updates. We plan in 5.0 to provide
> symlinks to the old toolnames (where feasible), which will keep some of the
> old machinery working, but so far support for tab completion for the tools
> as subtools of gmx is a work in progress. In particular, the necessary
> mechanism is different for different shells, and so far there's nobody
> enthusiastic about supporting shells other than bash.
> Some feedback here would be welcome!
> Do you use this feature?
> Do you use this feature with a shell other than bash?
> Do you use this feature with a shell other than bash and are willing to
> put some work into GROMACS to keep it working after 5.0?
> Thanks!
> Mark

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