Saving Time on the Command Line
There are a number of times when
filename completion (9.8
If you want to list many files on
the command line, it may be easier to use a carefully constructed
As we mentioned earlier, filename completion and wildcards don't mix.
If you need to use a wildcard, you can't use filename completion.
For example, you might want to match a filename by the end of its
name; if you have lots of files starting with a
but only one
of those filenames ends with .c
, it's probably easier to type
than to use filename completion.
Filename completion is obviously less worthwhile if you have to type
most of the filename before you can use it. For example, if you have a
lot of files with similar names, filename completion won't help an
awful lot. (This may say something about the way you name
files - the remedy might be to think up some more distinctive names.)