Bash (and other shells such as zsh) have programmable tab completion. For example

./sage --n[TAB]


./sage --notebook

Below is a rudimentary means of adding such completion to bash. It will most likely not work on all platforms since it uses grep -o but it should not be difficult to change this. Also it uses the new long form options which will hopefully be part of sage soon. To use the old form simply change the --help and --advanced to -help and -advanced respectively.

# add this to .bashrc

# bash tab completion for sage
_sage_tab() {

   # Cache SAGE_OPTIONS for performance
   if [ "$SAGE_OPTIONS" = '' ]; then
           ("$_sage_tab_binary" --help 2>/dev/null;
               "$_sage_tab_binary" --advanced 2>/dev/null; ) \
                   | grep -Eoe '--?[a-zA-Z_][a-zA-Z_-]*' | sort -u)

   case ${_sage_tab_current_word} in
       -*) # Options
           COMPREPLY=($(echo ${SAGE_OPTIONS[@]} | tr " " "\n" \
               | grep -oe "${_sage_tab_current_word}[a-z-]*" \
               | sort | uniq | tr "\n" " "));;
       *)  # Search for files that sage understands
           # If it doesn't find any it will default to directories
           COMPREPLY=($(compgen -G "${_sage_tab_current_word}*" \
               | grep -Ee '\.('$SAGE_EXTENSIONS')(\.gz)?$'));;
   return 0
# use _sage_tab to complete, it produces filenames, and if no matches
# are returned, complete with directory names
complete -F _sage_tab -o filenames -o dirnames sage

See Tips for other handy hints for using Sage.

Tips/bash-completion (last edited 2017-02-02 03:28:25 by mrennekamp)