Fixing my #1 bash annoyance

Ever open up a Terminal window and hit Tab and Bash sits for a few seconds until it finally comes back and asks

Display all 2224 possibilities? (y or n)

Because it went and compiled a list of EVERY executable you could possibly want to execute?

Yeah, me, too, and I hate it. The fix is simple. Add this to your ~/.bashrc

shopt -s no_empty_cmd_completion

No more completion on nothing!

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Raffaello said:

My prompt shows more possibilities. :p

Maybe the problem is that the history file was not updated while logout. You could try adding the .bash_logout file and the line:
"history > .bash_history" in this file.

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