Automatic completion mode

Ingo Klöcker kloecker at
Mon Nov 17 21:46:14 GMT 2008

On Sunday 16 November 2008, Aaron J. Seigo wrote:
> On Sunday 16 November 2008, Ingo Klöcker wrote:
> > On Sunday 16 November 2008, Rafael Fernández López wrote:
> > > You could
> > > _really_ have an executable named "kons". Presuming that you
> > > won't is directly wrong, from my really personal point of view.
> > > And you can really lead to questions like: "wth, I wrote kons and
> > > a different program was executed, what is going on in here".
> >
> > Aaron and me both wrote that there is "short automatic" which would
> > solve this problem.
> it still means that the first time you want to run "kons" after
> having run "konsole" you have to press "Delete" ...

Huh? Why that? I thought krunner would offer all registered applications 
(and anything in the history) as completions. In that case "kons" would 
be in the list of completions and thus it would be run even if you had 
run "konsole" before. But maybe that's not how krunner behaves. Then 
consider it a wish. ;-)

> NOT Backspace, as 
> that will leave you with "ko", then you type the 'n' and you get
> "kon(sole)" all over again. this is the confusing part and why i
> really think that despite everythign else (including short automatic)
> that backspace should equal delete here.
> my rational for that is this: the text caret is at the *end* of the
> phrase:
> "kon(sole)|"

Is it? Interesting ... and very confusing. With that rationale 
typing 's' should lead to

> pressing backspace should delete what is to the left of the caret,
> but it doesn't. it deletes the 'n'.
> so imho what should happen is that the caret should either remain at
> the typed text:
> "kon|(sole)"

That's how it is in KDE 3.5. Who had the crazy idea to put the text 
caret after the completion? :-)

In view of Return committing the completion the placement of the caret 
does make some sense, but I still think it's odd. IMO, except for the 
result of pressing Return, the placement of the caret conveys the wrong 
message to the user.

> or backspace should be equivalent to delete.

Considering the odd placement of the caret I have to agree. OTOH, with 
above rationale Delete shouldn't do anything since Delete should delete 
what is to the right of the caret, i.e. nothing. :-)

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