More Useful Bash/Terminal Settings
A few more tricks to make your bash environment better. As always, add them to your ~/.profile or ~/.bash_profile to enable.
Disable the pagination of long lists when ambiguously tab completing.
bind 'set page-completions off'
Increase max returned items before being prompted. (ie, “Display all 380 possibilities? (y or n”). You can set the number to whatever you’d like.
bind 'set completion-query-items 300'
Show the list of autocompletion options after the first tab. This prevents the beep + second tab behavior.
bind 'set show-all-if-ambiguous on'
When autocompleting for cd or rmdir, list only directories as choices.
complete -d cd rmdir
Autocompletion for ssh known_hosts. Add this to your ~/.ssh/config (if the file doesn’t exist, create it)
Host * HashKnownHosts no
Make grep highlight the matching terms in its output.
Ignore case for case preserving but insensitive filesystems (like HFS+). I don’t personally use this, but perhaps some people will like it.
bind 'set completion-ignore-case on'
Don’t show hidden files when listing. Another option I don’t personally use.
bind 'set match-hidden-files off'