Wishlist: Alt-F2 integration with Bash/readline/.bash_history

Bug #794835 reported by Paul Sladen on 2011-06-09
This bug affects 4 people
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unity (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

[This is a pure-wishlist bug and not something coming from the Design Team at this stage]

Alt-F2 provides a run-command facility, equivalent to a simplified command-line. Straight recall of previous commands is possible, but further adjustment or editing is not.

In a dream world, the Alt-F2 functionality could be integrated with Bash/libreadline/.bash_history/bash_completions (when installed, and set as the users' shell) so that the searching mechanism can use the completion methods: previous command editing, completion of individual filename components, visual expansion of wildcards and 'tab' completion of arguments gleaned from the bash_completions.

Bilal Akhtar (bilalakhtar) wrote :

Not a bad idea at all. Triaging.

Changed in unity:
status: New → Confirmed
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
Omer Akram (om26er) on 2011-09-02
Changed in unity:
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
Anders Feder (afeder) wrote :

The standard "Search" entry of Dash (the one that opens when pressing Super) could use tab-completion too.

Omer Akram (om26er) on 2012-07-22
Changed in unity:
status: Confirmed → Triaged
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Triaged

And it should place a highlight on the first of possibly many altertatives and let me launch it by pressing enter.

For example, I should be able to launch google-chrome by simply typing goo<Enter>, even though there is google-earth further down the list. Also, I should be able to move selection using arrows. It is very annoying to have to switch from keyboard to mose interaction just to launch an app.

The readline functionality was there just recently; where did it go?

I think the history should be a simple hash, rather that a list, and it should be unlimited. I can't remember a single day during the entire history of bash (or tcsh) history when I needed to know the order of my commands. I only needed to recall and edit them.

So I don't think it will be good to link it to bash history, as it is. Order is not important.

Andrea Azzarone (azzar1) on 2016-08-12
no longer affects: unity
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: Triaged → Opinion
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