Hard to believe I survived so long with Git in the shell without setting up auto-completion features in Mac OS X. But that's what happened!
At last, I got annoyed by some longish remote names and some longish branch names, to the point that gave me the right push.
sudo port selfupdate sudo port install git-core +bash_completion
You have to pay attention to the output of these commands.
Somewhere in the middle the install step mentioned that the completion features will only work in Bash version >= 4.1.
Checking what I have at hand:
$ echo $BASH_VERSION 3.2.48(1)-release $ echo $SHELL /bin/bash $ which bash /opt/local/bin/bash $ bash --version GNU bash, version 4.2.45(2)-release (i386-apple-darwin10.8.0) Copyright (C) 2011 Free Software Foundation, Inc. License GPLv3+: GNU GPL version 3 or later <http://gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html> This is free software; you are free to change and redistribute it. There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.
So my current shell is
/bin/bash, version 3.2,
but a 4.2 version exists already in my system at
Let's change my shell:
$ chsh -s /opt/local/bin/bash Changing shell for janos. Password for janos: chsh: /opt/local/bin/bash: non-standard shell
It didn't work, apparently because the shell I specified is "not standard".
According to the man page of
standard shells are the ones listed in
This Bash 4 was installed by MacPorts,
and I do mean it as a standard shell,
so let's add it to the list:
echo /opt/local/bin/bash | sudo tee -a /etc/shells
After this I could change my shell,
and in a new terminal window or tab I could start enjoying auto-completion in Git commands, yeay!
Most importantly in operations with remotes and branches.