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complete - file name completion


include "complete.m";
complete := load Complete Complete->PATH;

Completion: adt {
    advance:  int;    # whether forward progress has been made
    complete: int;    # whether the completion now represents a file or directory
    str:      string; # string to advance, suffixed " " (file) or "/" (directory)
    nmatch:   int;    # number of files that matched
    filename: array of string;    # their names

init:     fn();
complete: fn(dir, s: string): (ref Completion, string);


Complete implements file name completion.

Init must be called before any other operation of the module.

Given a directory dir and a string s, complete returns a tuple (c, err), where c is an analysis of the file names in that directory that begin with the string s. The field nmatch will be set to the number of files that match the prefix and filename will be filled in with their names. If the file named is a directory, a slash character will be appended to it. On an error, c is nil and err is a diagnostic string.

If no files match the string, nmatch will be zero, but complete will return the full set of files in the directory.

The flag advance reports whether the string s can be extended without changing the set of files that match. If true, str will be set to the extension; that is, the value of str may be appended to s by the caller to extend the embryonic file name unambiguously.

The flag complete reports whether the extended file name uniquely identifies a file. If true, str will be suffixed with a blank, or a slash and a blank, depending on whether the resulting file name identifies a plain file or a directory.






The complete function returns a nil reference and a diagnostic string if the directory is unreadable or there is some other error.

COMPLETE(2 ) Rev:  Tue May 05 13:12:34 GMT 2009