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[RFC PATCH 0/1] completion: Dynamic completion loading




In this small patch I want to introduce a way to dynamically load completion 
scripts for external subcommands.

A few years ago, you would put a completion script (which defines a Bash 
function _git_foo for a custom git subcommand foo) into 
/etc/bash_completion.d, or save it somewhere in your $HOME and source it 
manually in your .bashrc.

Starting with bash-completion v2.0 (or, to be absolutely exact, the preview 
versions started at v1.90), completion scripts are not sourced at bash startup 
anymore. Rather, when typing in a command and trigger completion by pressing 
the TAB key, the new bash-completion's main script looks for a script with the 
same name as the typed command in the completion directory, sources it, and 
provides the completions defined in this script.

However, that only works for top level commands. After a completion script has 
been found, the logic is delegated to this script. This means, that the 
completion of subcommands must be handled by the corresponding completion 
script.

As it is now, git is perfectly able to call custom completion functions, iff 
they are already defined when calling the git completion. With my patch, git 
uses an already defined loader function of bash-completion (or continues 
silently if this function is not found), loads an external completion script, 
and provides its completions.

An example for an external completion script would be 
/usr/share/bash-completion/completions/git-foo for a git subcommand foo.

Florian Gamböck (1):
  completion: Load completion file for external subcommand

 contrib/completion/git-completion.bash | 8 ++++++++
 1 file changed, 8 insertions(+)

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