Title: cmd module tab misbehavior
Type: behavior Stage:
Components: macOS Versions: Python 3.6
Status: open Resolution:
Dependencies: Superseder:
Assigned To: ronaldoussoren Nosy List: boompig, eric.araujo, l0nwlf, ned.deily, ronaldoussoren, slcott, zvezdan
Priority: normal Keywords: patch

Created on 2010-06-19 15:10 by slcott, last changed 2018-01-17 22:24 by boompig.

File name Uploaded Description Edit
cmd.patch ronaldoussoren, 2010-06-27 14:33
Messages (13)
msg108185 - (view) Author: scott riccardelli (slcott) Date: 2010-06-19 15:10
noticed that cmd module does not perform completion using TAB on a macintosh properly.  instead, the TAB key just places several blank spaces and moves the cursor forward.  what it should do is retrieve a list of possibilities for completing a command.
msg108196 - (view) Author: Éric Araujo (eric.araujo) * (Python committer) Date: 2010-06-19 18:18
Thanks for your report. Does the readline module work at all?

2.5 is unsupported now; can you test your code with 2.7, the next stable version?
msg108200 - (view) Author: Shashwat Anand (l0nwlf) Date: 2010-06-19 18:32
It seems readline module is not installed on your system. 
Quoting Ned Deily's comment from issue8365 which will most probably solve your issue:
"Issue6877 (and subsequent fixes in Issue8066) allows the Python readline module to be built and linked with the OS X editline (libedit) library rather than with the GNU readline library (which is not included with OS X).  However, the libedit included in versions of OS X prior to 10.5 is considered too broken to use here.

By default, if you do not specify an --with-universal-archs other than "32-bit" to configure or if you do not explicitly set MACOSX_DEPLOYMENT_TARGET to another value, configure defaults to using "10.4" (or earlier) so the building of the readline module is skipped.  You can check this:

>>> from distutils.sysconfig import get_config_var 
>>> get_config_var('MACOSX_DEPLOYMENT_TARGET')

(Whether this is the best default is another question.)

As it stands, to be able to build the readline module, either:

(1) supply the GNU readline library as a local library, or

(2) ensure you are building with a deployment target of at least 10.5.  For example:

    ./configure MACOSX_DEPLOYMENT_TARGET=10.6 ; make

Also note that option (2) is not available for 3.1.x since the changes to support editline/libedit were not ported to it; they are, however, in 2.6.5, 2.7 (trunk), and 3.2 (py3k)"
msg108353 - (view) Author: Ronald Oussoren (ronaldoussoren) * (Python committer) Date: 2010-06-22 10:09

* Which OSX version are you using?

* Which Python are you using?
  - What is the value of sys.prefix?
  - How did you install it?

* Does 'import readline' work?
msg108379 - (view) Author: Ronald Oussoren (ronaldoussoren) * (Python committer) Date: 2010-06-22 13:59
Reaction from scot w.r.t. my questions:

os x 10.5.8

python 2.5.1


came default with system

i'm going to try activestate python 2.6 and see if that solves the problem.

import readline does work
msg108380 - (view) Author: Ronald Oussoren (ronaldoussoren) * (Python committer) Date: 2010-06-22 14:06
Some notes: The system python on OSX 10.5 and 10.6 is linked to libedit, not GNU readline, and doesn't seem to contain patches that convert stdlib usage of readline APIs to the correct way to bind keystrokes to action with libedit.

This results in failure to use libedit at all.

AFAIK this also affects the generic stdlib when linking libedit, which is supported in 2.6.5, 2.7 and 3.2. Therefore adding more versions.
msg108381 - (view) Author: Ronald Oussoren (ronaldoussoren) * (Python committer) Date: 2010-06-22 14:11
This (untested) patch should fix the issue for the cmd module:

+++ Lib/	(working copy)
@@ -112,7 +112,18 @@
                 import readline
                 self.old_completer = readline.get_completer()
-                readline.parse_and_bind(self.completekey+": complete")
+                if 'libedit' in readline.__doc__:
+                    # readline linked to BSD libedit
+                    if self.completekey == 'tab':
+                        key = '^I'
+                    else:
+                        key = self.completekey
+                    readline.parse_and_bind("bind %s rl_complete"%(key,))
+                else:
+                    # readline linked to the real readline
+                    readline.parse_and_bind(self.completekey+": complete")
             except ImportError:
msg108392 - (view) Author: Shashwat Anand (l0nwlf) Date: 2010-06-22 15:15
Tested the patch and it works for trunk and python3.2 alpha.
Without adding SDK flag with configure readline module failed to build.

Python build finished, but the necessary bits to build these modules were not found:
_gdbm              ossaudiodev        readline        

However for cmd module, tab completion and history(up|down arrow) worked fine.
msg108792 - (view) Author: Ronald Oussoren (ronaldoussoren) * (Python committer) Date: 2010-06-27 14:33
The attached patch is a workaround for the issue, but isn't someone I'd want to commit without some serious cleanup.

As I noted when support for linking with libedit was merged it would be better to add a translation layer that translates GNU readline configuration lines to BSD libedit ones.
msg109732 - (view) Author: Zvezdan Petkovic (zvezdan) * Date: 2010-07-09 13:29
Does a translation really need to be in Python?

I use .editrc file in my home directory with this content:

python:bind ^I rl_complete

and everything works fine.
msg109746 - (view) Author: Ronald Oussoren (ronaldoussoren) * (Python committer) Date: 2010-07-09 14:45
We either have to add some translation, or tweak parts of python:

* the cmd module needs to learn how to configure libedit when
  the readline extension was linked to libedit

* the rlcompleter documentation needs to be updated to do the same

And that's just the stdlib. IIRC ipython contains code that uses libedit
style configuration instead of readline when using /usr/bin/python on OSX, and there are probably other.

IMHO the current behavior is confusing: the module is named readline, but sometimes uses libedit behavior. At least I ensured that the usage of libedit can be detected by introspecting readline.__doc__.

A basic translator shouldn't be that hard...
msg193157 - (view) Author: Ronald Oussoren (ronaldoussoren) * (Python committer) Date: 2013-07-16 07:46
I no longer particularly like my patch, although something needs to be done. The easiest way forward is likely a (private) helper function in the readline module that can translate simple readline configuration strings to something that libedit understands and use that in the stdlib where readline bindings are replaced (but of course not for reading ~/.inputrc).

Comparing the libedit <> and readline <> configuration languages makes is clear that it is not possible to fully translate a readline configuration in a libedit one, but basic conifguration like setting up key-bindings should be easy enough.
msg310213 - (view) Author: Daniel (boompig) Date: 2018-01-17 22:24
I can confirm this behaviour for python 3.6.0 on Mac OS X 10.12.6
Date User Action Args
2018-01-17 22:24:11boompigsetnosy: + boompig

messages: + msg310213
versions: + Python 3.6, - Python 2.7, Python 3.3, Python 3.4
2013-07-16 07:46:00ronaldoussorensetmessages: + msg193157
versions: + Python 3.3, Python 3.4, - Python 3.2
2010-08-04 22:20:07terry.reedysetversions: - Python 2.6, Python 2.5
2010-07-09 14:45:40ronaldoussorensetmessages: + msg109746
2010-07-09 13:29:00zvezdansetnosy: + zvezdan
messages: + msg109732
2010-06-27 14:33:34ronaldoussorensetfiles: + cmd.patch
keywords: + patch
messages: + msg108792
2010-06-22 15:15:26l0nwlfsetmessages: + msg108392
2010-06-22 14:11:45ronaldoussorensetmessages: + msg108381
2010-06-22 14:06:08ronaldoussorensetmessages: + msg108380
versions: + Python 2.6, Python 2.7, Python 3.2
2010-06-22 13:59:59ronaldoussorensetmessages: + msg108379
2010-06-22 10:09:02ronaldoussorensetmessages: + msg108353
2010-06-19 18:33:36l0nwlfsetnosy: + ned.deily
2010-06-19 18:32:50l0nwlfsetnosy: + l0nwlf
messages: + msg108200
2010-06-19 18:18:17eric.araujosetnosy: + eric.araujo
messages: + msg108196
2010-06-19 15:10:14slcottcreate