tcsh users sometimes alias the 'git' command to another name.  In
this case, the user expects to only have to issue a new 'complete'
command using the alias name.

However, the tcsh script currently uses the command typed by the
user to call the appropriate function in git-completion.bash, either
_git() or _gitk().  When using an alias, this technique no longer

This change specifies the real name of the command (either 'git' or
'gitk') as a parameter to the script handling tcsh completion.  This
allows the user to use any alias for the 'git' or 'gitk' commands,
while still getting completion to work.

A check for the presence of ${HOME}/.git-completion.bash is also
added to help the user make use of the script properly.

Signed-off-by: Marc Khouzam <>

This issue was reported by someone already making use of the tcsh
completion script.

Thanks for considering this fix.


 contrib/completion/git-completion.tcsh | 19 ++++++++++++-------
 1 file changed, 12 insertions(+), 7 deletions(-)

diff --git a/contrib/completion/git-completion.tcsh
index dc5678c..44bd544 100644
--- a/contrib/completion/git-completion.tcsh
+++ b/contrib/completion/git-completion.tcsh
@@ -23,6 +23,12 @@
 set __git_tcsh_completion_original_script = ${HOME}/.git-completion.bash
 set __git_tcsh_completion_script = ${HOME}/.git-completion.tcsh.bash

+# Check that the user put the script in the right place
+if ( ! -e ${__git_tcsh_completion_original_script} ) then
+       echo "git-completion.tcsh: Cannot find:
${__git_tcsh_completion_original_script}.  Git completion will not work."
+       exit
 cat << EOF > ${__git_tcsh_completion_script}
@@ -34,13 +40,13 @@ cat << EOF > ${__git_tcsh_completion_script}
 source ${__git_tcsh_completion_original_script}

 # Set COMP_WORDS in a way that can be handled by the bash script.

 # The cursor is at the end of parameter #1.
 # We must check for a space as the last character which will
 # tell us that the previous word is complete and the cursor
 # is on the next word.
-if [ "\${1: -1}" == " " ]; then
+if [ "\${2: -1}" == " " ]; then
        # The last character is a space, so our location is at the end
        # of the command-line array
@@ -51,13 +57,12 @@ else

-# Call _git() or _gitk() of the bash script, based on the first
-# element of the command-line
+# Call _git() or _gitk() of the bash script, based on the first argument

 echo "\${COMPREPLY[*]}" | sort | uniq

-complete git  'p/*/`bash ${__git_tcsh_completion_script}
-complete gitk 'p/*/`bash ${__git_tcsh_completion_script}
+complete git  'p/*/`bash ${__git_tcsh_completion_script} git
+complete gitk 'p/*/`bash ${__git_tcsh_completion_script} gitk
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