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Networked applications like rsync and scp can tab complete when they are enabled with bash. But what if you want local tab completion without remote tab completion? Is it possible?

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Assuming this is a Red Hat/CentOS-style system, you can remove the bash-completion for a specific application by navigating to /etc/bash_completion.d/ and removing the entry (symbolic link) that corresponds to the command...

[root@xt /etc/bash_completion.d]# ls -l
total 132
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root    38 Oct  4  2011 _subversion -> /usr/share/bash-completion/_subversion
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root    31 Oct  4  2011 _yum -> /usr/share/bash-completion/_yum
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root    32 Oct  4  2011 rsync -> /usr/share/bash-completion/rsync
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root    32 Oct  4  2011 samba -> /usr/share/bash-completion/samba
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root    33 Oct  4  2011 screen -> /usr/share/bash-completion/screen
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root    34 Oct  4  2011 sqlite3 -> /usr/share/bash-completion/sqlite3
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root    30 Oct  4  2011 ssh -> /usr/share/bash-completion/ssh
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root    33 Oct  4  2011 strace -> /usr/share/bash-completion/strace

Also, it seems that complete -r commandname can also work.

You can also edit the bash completion entries for a particular service. For instance, in scp, you can comment out the references to the _scp_remote_files function to give local folder completion without expanding remote filesystems...

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This seems like a semi-decent solution, but could get tedious with many different applications installed. Newly installed applications would have to be taken into account too. Isn't there a better way? Considering that all the applications define their own completion I suppose it's impossible. – atx May 4 '12 at 3:35
complete -r commandname is probably the best bet. – ewwhite May 4 '12 at 3:37

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