Insert tab characters in Bash

Since tab completion is usually enabled in the Bash shell, you can not insert the tab character itself. While typing a single tab character is easy — just hit Ctrl-V and then Tab ⇆ — this doesn't work when pasting a script. The solution: run ~$ bind "set disable-completion on" and then paste the stuff. To enable tab completion again, run ~$ bind "set disable-completion off"

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