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From: Denton Liu <>
To: Harrison McCullough <>
Subject: Re: Error in bash completion
Date: Wed, 16 Jun 2021 10:40:31 -0700	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <YMo3j6mqiKBTTEbS@generichostname> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <>

Hi Harrison,

On Wed, Jun 16, 2021 at 09:44:38AM -0600, Harrison McCullough wrote:
> What did you do before the bug happened? (Steps to reproduce your issue)
> 1. Create a Bash function, e.g. `ga() { git add "${@:-.}"; }`
> 2. Use the `__git_complete` function to add Bash tab completion for your custom
>    Bash function, e.g. `__git_complete ga git_add`
> 3. Attempt to tab complete a file path, e.g. `ga my-incomplete-file-path<TAB>`
> What did you expect to happen? (Expected behavior)
> Bash tab-completes the file path.
> What happened instead? (Actual behavior)
> Bash tab-completes the file path but also displays an error:
> $ ga fi-bash: [: -lt: unary operator expected
> le3.txt

This happened as a result of my changes at e94fb44042
(git-completion.bash: pass $__git_subcommand_idx from __git_main(),
2021-03-24) and 87e629756f (git-completion.bash: rename to
$__git_cmd_idx, 2021-04-22).

The tl;dr is that $__git_cmd_idx must be set to the index of the
git command you're executing (e.g. for `git add`, the index of `add`).
As a workaround for you, try setting __git_cmd_idx=0 where you define

Now, a question to the wider list: does git-completion.bash have a
public interface? I've been working off the assumption that any time a
user uses the internals, it's at their own risk. Is this a valid
assumption to make?


  reply	other threads:[~2021-06-16 17:40 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 6+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2021-06-16 15:44 Harrison McCullough
2021-06-16 17:40 ` Denton Liu [this message]
2021-06-16 18:05   ` Harrison McCullough
2021-06-16 19:19   ` Felipe Contreras
2021-06-17  2:06 ` Felipe Contreras
2021-06-17  2:15   ` Harrison McCullough

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