I know that it is possible to run Mathematica in Terminal. But I didn't find a way to get completion work in Terminal. I mean completion by bash-completion style work, who auto completes a command with TAB. How to do this?

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I don't quite have full completion, but I do wrap Mathematica in GNU rlwrap. I know that you can teach rlwrap a list of keywords to autocomplete, and even program it to determine what completions to suggest from your context. At the very least, you get history and line editing out of it.

My recipe:

  • I used MacPorts to install rlwrap, and their port seems to work fine.
  • Create a list of Mathematica definitions that you care about and put it in ~/mathdefs.txt.
  • Then I added alias math='rlwrap -r -f ~/mathdefs.txt /Applications/Mathematica.app/Contents/MacOS/MathKernel' to my login script.
    • The -r tells it to remember words that it sees you type during a session, and the -f ~/mathdefs.txt seeds its completion support with the words that you put in that file.

I notice that Wolfram has added their own history/editing support (probably using readline) in 10.1 at least. Quite possibly before then. I'm sure it wasn't there in 8.0, and I don't think it was in 9.0, but I'm not positive.

  • $\begingroup$ I found a list of definitions here. But how to make it autocomplete? Which key? TAB doesn't seem to work. $\endgroup$
    – eccstartup
    Apr 25, 2015 at 5:10

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