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Let your script be named utstart, and accepts any of the following arguments: start, stop, install, uninstall.

As an example, you would perhaps run your script like this from bash:

./utstart start

You would like to autocomplete start, by pressing TAB key like this:

./utstart s[TAB]

This is easy.


Install bash-completion package.

apt-get install bash-completion

Now create a new script like this:

    local cur prev opts
    opts="start stop install uninstall"

    if [[ ${cur} == * && ${COMP_CWORD} -eq 1 ]] ; then
        COMPREPLY=( $(compgen -W "${opts}" -- ${cur}) )
        return 0
complete -F _utstart -o filenames utstart

Note that we have added the options “start stop install uninstall” in the script. Note also the last line contains the name of the function in our auto completion script, and also the name of our main bash script, which accepts autocompletion entries.

Once done, copy this file to /etc/bash_completion.d/utstart-auto.

Now you may change permissions on it to make it executable.

chmod +x /etc/bash_completion.d/utstart-auto

Source it with:

. /etc/bash_completion.d/utstart-auto

Now try the following:

./utstart s[TAB}


You will now be presented with start and stop as options.

I use my own script, which even allows you to set the number of lines above and below the search parameter, to be displayed, colorizes it and pipes it to less, maintaining its color.


echo "Recursive Search Utility by Droidzone"
echo " Created on Oct 31 2011"
echo "Format:"
echo ' search [string_to_search_for] [linesbefore] [linesafter]'
export kpath=$(pwd)
echo "Searching all files and folder below:"
echo -e 'E[37;44m'"33[1m$kpath33[0m"

if [ ! "$2" = "" ] && [ ! "$3" = "" ]
grep -R -i -n -A $3 -B $2 "$1" * --color=always|less -R
elif [ ! "$2" = "" ] && [ "$3" = "" ]
grep -R -i -n -A $2 -B $2 "$1" * --color=always|less -R
grep -R -i -n -A 2 -B 2 "$1" * --color=always|less -R

# Grep format:
# grep [-options] ["what to search"] [where_to_search]
# Search recursively (R)
# Case (I)nsensitive
# (W)ords -Search full words
# -n put line (n)umber
# -v in(v)ert
# -A [num] Show [num] number of lines after
# -B [num] Show [num] number of lines before
# Example 1. Beginning of line ( ^ ) grep "^Nov 10" messages.1
# Example 2. End of the line ( $) grep "terminating.$" messages
# Example 3. Count of empty lines ( ^$ ) grep -c "^$" messages anaconda.log
#Example 4. Single Character (.) grep ".ello" input
# In case if you want to search for a word which has only 4 character you can give grep -w “….” where single dot represents any single character.
# Example 5. Zero or more occurrence (*) of the previous character. For example, the pattern ’1*’ matches zero or more ’1′.
# grep "kernel: *." * matches space
#Example 6. One or more occurrence (+) grep "hi +hello" input
# Example 7. Zero or one occurrence (?) grep "hi ?hello" input
# Example 8.Escaping the special character () If you want to search for special characters (for example: * , dot) in the content you have to escape the special character in the regular expression.
# grep "" /var/log/messages.4
#Example 9. Character Class ([0-9])[/code]