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[AIX] Is TAB autocomplete and CURSOR KEYS history navigation viable?

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A customer asks me if it's possible to enable file autocompletion under AIX and also history navigation through the cursor keys, basically to have AIX cli with the same behaviour as Linux/Windows.

I know that under ksh file autocompletion is done through Esc+/, and history navigation with Esc+k and Esc+j.

I have tried with the extended shell available under AIX v7.1.0.0 (ksh93) but so far had no luck.

Has anyone ever done this in AIX??? Is it posible without installing bash or ksh98?
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Question by:Carlos Ijalba
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The "emacs" option enables  autocompletion under AIX (ksh) by hitting <ESC> twice, and
you can define aliases to enable history navigation using the arrow keys.

Add the following to your ".profile" (for individual use) or to "/etc/profile" (for system wide use):

set -o emacs
alias __A=`echo "\020"`   # up arrow = previous command
alias __B=`echo "\016"`   # down arrow = next command
alias __C=`echo "\006"`   # right arrow = cusror right
alias __D=`echo "\002"`   # left arrow= cursor left

If you add it to /etc/profile take care to remove "set -o vi" from there. In any case remove "set -o vi" from any private .profile which is going to use "emacs".

As said above, hit the <ESC> key twice for autocompletion. The <TAB> key cannot be used for this, unfortunately.
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by:gheist
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set -o vi

and use shell as vi editor.
JKLH - move
rest you will learn fast.
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by:Carlos Ijalba
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Thanks guys,

@woolmilkproc: thanks, i've never tried the emacs mode before, always used vi, but it works OK for what my customer wanted. So: problem sorted!

@gheist: thanks, i showed my client vi mode, but it gets difficult if you are windows admin, plus in a spanish keyboard autocomplete means Esc+Alt Gr+\, which is jumping all over the keyboard compared with a simple tab.
Double Esc is faster.
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by:Carlos Ijalba
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Thanks!
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by:Sathees Kumar
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@woolmilkporc: Thanks! It helped.
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