Bash: the tab key and auto-completion

Posted on 2004-04-20
Last Modified: 2013-12-26
I'm trying to figure out how to type an actual tab character on the Bash command line.

Bash used TAB as they key for an auto-completion function.  

When I'm trying to write sed scripts on the command-line, I cannot get a tab character typed into the script.

I'd be willing to learn how to turn off auto-completion, but it would be better to still have auto-completion and also be able to type the tab character.

Question by:jcoman777

Expert Comment

ID: 10871790
Hi jcoman777,

if you need to include a TAB char in your sed statement you should use the \t escape sequence in the place of the TAB.


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dtkerns earned 125 total points
ID: 10872292
preceed your tab with a ctrl-V

Author Comment

ID: 10873245
I don't know what version of sed I have, but \t does not work.  I found a couple sources online that warned that \t would not work.

ctrl-v then TAB does work!  thanks!

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