This section describes the keymaps, commands and user options used in the minibuffer to do completion.
The value of this variable is the completion table (see Basic Completion) used for completion in the minibuffer. This is the global variable that contains what
completing-read passes to
try-completion. It is used by minibuffer completion commands such as
This variable’s value is the predicate that
completing-read passes to
try-completion. The variable is also used by the other minibuffer completion functions.
This variable determines whether Emacs asks for confirmation before exiting the minibuffer;
completing-read binds this variable, and the function
minibuffer-complete-and-exit checks the value before exiting. If the value is
nil, confirmation is not required. If the value is
confirm, the user may exit with an input that is not a valid completion alternative, but Emacs asks for confirmation. If the value is
confirm-after-completion, the user may exit with an input that is not a valid completion alternative, but Emacs asks for confirmation if the user submitted the input right after any of the completion commands in
This variable holds a list of commands that cause Emacs to ask for confirmation before exiting the minibuffer, if the
require-match argument to
confirm-after-completion. The confirmation is requested if the user attempts to exit the minibuffer immediately after calling any command in this list.
This function completes the minibuffer contents by at most a single word. Even if the minibuffer contents have only one completion,
minibuffer-complete-word does not add any characters beyond the first character that is not a word constituent. See Syntax Tables.
This function completes the minibuffer contents as far as possible.
This function completes the minibuffer contents, and exits if confirmation is not required, i.e., if
nil. If confirmation is required, it is given by repeating this command immediately—the command is programmed to work without confirmation when run twice in succession.
This function creates a list of the possible completions of the current minibuffer contents. It works by calling
all-completions using the value of the variable
minibuffer-completion-table as the
collection argument, and the value of
minibuffer-completion-predicate as the
predicate argument. The list of completions is displayed as text in a buffer named
function display-completion-list completions
This function displays
completions to the stream in
standard-output, usually a buffer. (See Read and Print, for more information about streams.) The argument
completions is normally a list of completions just returned by
all-completions, but it does not have to be. Each element may be a symbol or a string, either of which is simply printed. It can also be a list of two strings, which is printed as if the strings were concatenated. The first of the two strings is the actual completion, the second string serves as annotation.
This function is called by
minibuffer-completion-help. A common way to use it is together with
with-output-to-temp-buffer, like this:
(all-completions (buffer-string) my-alist)))
user option completion-auto-help
If this variable is non-
nil, the completion commands automatically display a list of possible completions whenever nothing can be completed because the next character is not uniquely determined.
completing-read uses this value as the local keymap when an exact match of one of the completions is not required. By default, this keymap makes the following bindings:
minibuffer-local-map as its parent keymap (see Definition of minibuffer-local-map).
completing-read uses this value as the local keymap when an exact match of one of the completions is required. Therefore, no keys are bound to
exit-minibuffer, the command that exits the minibuffer unconditionally. By default, this keymap makes the following bindings:
minibuffer-local-completion-map as its parent keymap.
This is a sparse keymap that simply unbinds
SPC; because filenames can contain spaces. The function
read-file-name combines this keymap with either
M-< command will move to the end of the prompt if point is after the end of the prompt. If point is at or before the end of the prompt, move to the start of the buffer. If this variable is
nil, the command behaves like