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Enabling the auto-complete feature in Git with Z-shell

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Enabling the auto-complete feature in Git with Z-shell
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Not only can you auto-complete command line commands in Zsh, for example, but you can auto-complete commands in Git as well! And it is quite simple.

First, go to the Git repository on Github and to the following link:

There, you will see a number of files for different Git shell environments. Bash, Zsh, Prompt (for Windows), to name a couple. I use Zsh, so I downloaded the git-completion.zsh file to my desktop and then moved it into my ~ (Home) directory. After that, I added the following to my .zshrc file (also located in my home directory):

source ~/git-completion.zsh

I placed this line right above my PATH exports.

I made sure to quit Terminal and then open a new Terminal window instance before testing out my new Git auto-complete feature. And it works! For example, if I type che followed by the tab key, I get the following in Terminal:

Git auto-complete feature in action

There are other ways of getting the git-completion.zsh file onto your desktop from Github such as with git pull, but I will get into that in another podcast (post).

I will be embedding this episode of Plugging in The Holes along with a transcript in the form of a post on for your hearing and reading pleasure. Bye for now!