looking for two gui accessible applications

Linux for blind general discussion blinux-list at redhat.com
Sun Nov 28 01:49:44 UTC 2021

One place where I find tab completion quite useful is in things like the program 
known as doctl, which interfaces to the DigitalOcean API, which I use to control 
DNS for my website domains. This saves me a little time in most cases, as I 
don't have to log into the website and find the necessary links, buttons and 
controls to change a dns record. These days, I do this rather infrequently, so 
going to the website is probably fine, but I still tend to use the doctl command 
when I need to make a small change here or there, especially if I need to add a 
temporary TXT record that I will be deleting in a short time.

This doctl program has a completion command that generates tab completions for 
various shells. So even before I authorized doctl to connect to my account for 
the first time, I just ran

doctl completion bash >> ~/.bashrc

and I get tab completions for all the commands and flags available on the doctl 
command line. So for example, if I want to update an existing record, I would 
normally need to run this command

doctl compute domain records update --record-id 123456789 --record-data

But with the completions in place, all I need to run is

doctl c <tab> do <tab> r <tab> u <tab> --r <tab> i <tab> 123456789 --r <tab> d 

Yes, I still have to get this record ID, which is in fact a 9-digit number in 
many cases, but I can pipe

doctl c <tab> do <tab> r <tab> ls domain.ext

into a file and paste the ID I want into the update command. It is certainly a 
roundabout way of doing things, but it can still be faster than logging into the 
website and finding the DNS controls there. It would be really good to have a 
zenity or yad interface to this program, and maybe I'll get around to scripting 
something like this at some point. For now though, tab completion works quite 
well here once the completion mappings are added, even if I'm just copying the 
doctl configuration from one machine to another so tha I don't have to 
reauthorize the program.

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