Globbing means matching files by name patterns containing wildcards.

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Bash wildcard to match exactly n characters

Is there a wildcard in bash to match exactly 5 characters, shortening a pattern like ?????
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Count files in a directory by extension

For the purpose of testing, I'd like count how many images files are inside a directory, separating each image file type by file extension (jpg="yes". This because later it will be useful for another ...
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Foreach loop for ls output

I am trying to process some files in directory using foreach loop for ls output: IFS=$'\n' for i in $(ls -1Atu); do echo "$i" done At first time i thought it works, but when i created file ...
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Is a ? treated in a special way in parameter expansion?

I'm attempting to parse to output from git status --porcelain -b for use in my prompt but I'm coming across strange behaviour when performing parameter expansion. This snippet should demonstrate the ...
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Exclude one directory in `ls` matching pattern

I'm trying to ls dirs that have .png files inside (no need for recursiveness, though it would be extra useful), exept one. Exlude one directory i.e. ls */*.png works fine. ls (^one)*/*.png ...
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ls pattern matching

I know that [] is working in ls pattern matching: $ ls foo.c foo.h $ ls foo.[ch] foo.c foo.h but I cannot find where this is documented. I would like to know the syntax that would match these: ...
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rm -rf all files and all hidden files without . & .. error

rm -rf /some/path/* deletes all non-hidden files in that dir (and subdirs). rm -rf /some/path/.* deletes all hidden files in that dir (but not subdirs) and also gives the following error/warning: ...
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Prevent glob expansion in foo=“*”; echo $foo [duplicate]

In Bash, when I do: foo="*" echo $foo It expands * to the contents of the current folder. How do I make sure it just prints a literal *? The same, by the way, happens with a regular echo "$foo", ...
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How can I select 3 character files in Bash?

I know that a question mark is considered a special character and it has special meaning. Question mark represents a single character that can be any type. In my practice lesson we have an example : ...
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Shell glob - substitute file path arg with file's contents

In curl command, there is --data option, which substitutes the file contents when the option value is prefixed by @ symbol like, curl -X POST --data @abc.json hostaddr.com abc.json file contents ...
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is it possible to open files in subdirectories with less?

I sometimes use less to quickly page through a small collection of files using something like less brscan/*/* and then I use :n to cycle through the files If I have a folder/s e.g. brscan/ ├── ...
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Expand wild cards in command before executing it

Suppose I want to type something like this: rm build/* tmp/* I am about to run it but I want to expand the wildcards before executing so I can verify what is about to happen. How can I do this? ...
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List only regular files (but not directories) in current directory

I can use ls -ld */ to list all the directory entries in the current directory. Is there a similarly easy way to just list all the regular files in the current directory? I know I can use find find . ...
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Does 'rm .*' ever delete the parent directory?

The expression .* is expanded by bash to include the current and parent directories: $ ls -la total 2600 drwxrwxrwx 2 terdon terdon 2162688 Sep 10 16:22 . drwxr-xr-x 142 terdon terdon 491520 Sep ...
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brace expansion and * expansion

Assume in the working directory, there is only one djvu file. I would like to backup the file into a file with file name having extra .bk at the end. cp *.djvu{,.bk} copies the djvu file into a file ...
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`command .*` acts on the parent directory [duplicate]

Someone of our team wanted to recursively change the user permissions on all hidden directories in a users home directory. To do so he executed the following command: cd /home/username chown -R ...
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What does .??* mean in a shell command?

The following command will tar all "dot" files and folders: tar -zcvf dotfiles.tar.gz .??* I am familiar with regular expressions, but I don't understand how to interpret .??*. I executed ls .??* ...
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Shell globbing without matching files

I frequently make use of shell file name globbing to do things like operate on all of /dev/sda, /dev/sdb, /dev/sdc, etc by doing /dev/sd[a-f], however, this relies on there being files on disk that ...
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How do I suppress error messages from cp?

I am currently looking ways to suppress error command in Linux, in particular, the command cp. I do: root@ubuntu:~$ cp /srv/ftp/201*/wha*/*.jj ~/. cp: cannot stat `/srv/ftp/201*/wha*/*.jj': No ...
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Glob pattern argument for echo command

echo *.c in bash, treats the argument as a constant and prints *.c. How to force it to consider it as a glob pattern and print the list of files/folders ending with .c?
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Begin a glob with an exclude pattern

I am trying to tweak some completion. Suppose I have: $ ls bar.baz foo_bar.baz foo.bar If I want completion to match all files that don't end in baz: $ shopt|grep extglob extglob on $ ...
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Can I make `rm` interactive only when using globbing? (in either bash or zsh or both)

Whenever I rm multiple items at once with shell globbing and there's even the slightest possibility that the pattern expands to more than I expect it to, I always try to remember to add -i, but (of ...
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What is the difference between “du -sh *” and “du -sh ./*”?

The title says it all. What's the difference between those 2 commands? NOTE: I'm more interested in the * and ./* part.
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Find a file that doesn't include specific characters

I want to find a specific file that doesn't start with a,k,G or Q and in which the third letter in the name is not a digit. I have tried many links, but found nothing regarding to this composite ...
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Rsync filter: copying one pattern only

I am trying to create a directory that will house all and only my PDFs compiled from LaTeX. I like keeping each project in a separate folder, all housed in a big folder called LaTeX. So I tried ...
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Using OR patterns in shell wildcards

Contents of my dir are $ ls -lrt total 0 -rw-r--r-- 1 user1 admin 19 Oct 8 12:31 night.txt -rw-r--r-- 1 user1 admin 19 Oct 8 12:31 noon.txt -rw-r--r-- 1 user1 admin 38 Oct 8 12:31 day.txt I ...
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How can I use a wildcard to match just files, not directories?

I have a folder called home/homeLife I have a file called home1 home2 and home3 stored in /home I want to move all files that start with home* to home/homeLife/.. I typed mv home* /home/homeLife ...
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How to can I make Filename Sequencing with the help of Loops

my intention is to keep the code as simple as possible.Here there are 5 files namely A_1.CSV, A_2.CSV, A_3.CSV, A_4.CSV, A_5.CSV The below code retrieves the first row in a CSV file. Code : ...
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how to locate a name-not-specified file in bash? [closed]

I have a bash like this to easily upload a file to my server: FILE=../"$1"/1.txt scp 1.txt remoteserver #upload the file to a remote server. The $1 is for input directory and I have a lot of ...
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how to find the files in a directory with Prefix__date_030000_1.txt?

how to find the files in a directory with Prefix__date_030000_Suffix here Prefix is the Actual file name and format of the date is date +%Y%m%d and Suffix is the '.txt' and the 030000 number will ...
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What is the meaning of the string **/* when used with grep?

I came across this picture (below), obviously it is a pun or some kind of allusion incorporating command-line expressions. Frankly speaking I do not understand anything of it except for grep -n. ...
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The result of ls * , ls ** and ls ***

I know using the command ls will list all the directories. But what does the ls * command do ? I used it and it just lists the directories. Is the star in front of ls means how deep it can list the ...
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execute a command in $PATH matching a wildcard

I'd like to find and execute a command in the current $PATH matching this wildcard libreoffice?.? (eg. libreoffice4.0, libreoffice4.3, etc.) EDIT: if multiple matches are found, you can pick one ...
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How to match * with hidden files inside a directory

How to match the hidden files inside the given directories for example If I give the below command it's not giving the result of the hidden files, du -b maybehere*/* how to achieve this ...
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How do you get the first file in each subdirectory matching a list of file extensions?

How do you get the first file in each subdirectory matching a list of file extensions? My goal is to run a program on just any one of the files in a series of subdirectories. For example, below ...
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Filename expansion from date ranges

Consider dates in the ISO 8601 format i.e. ‘YYYY-MM-DD’, e.g. 2015-01-28, and say we have a folder with files of the form: AAAA_<date>_BBBB I am looking for a glob pattern in zsh (or Bash) ...
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Triple dot wildcards

I have a very large directory structure of source code that is very difficult to work with. I would like to run a tool to transform it to a Maven like structure that works better for me. When I have ...
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List the files of another format while finding a certain name pattern

I had wanted to edit the txt files of videoA and videoB only if the movs files names contains the namespace -test For eg. videoDir |-videoA |- videoA_v001_test.mov |- ...
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How do I list files ending in txt only on Unix?

I have a directory with nine files in it. 1 ending in .bat 2 ending in .bak 4 ending in .txt 2 ending in .xtxt My question is, how do i list only the files ending in txt, but without the period. ...
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How to get the last N files in a directory?

I have many files that are ordered by file name in a directory. I wish to copy the final N (say, N=4) files to my home directory. How should I do it? cp ./<the final 4 files> ~/
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Getting globbing to work with `locate`?

I'm on Ubuntu 11.04, where I have: $ locate --version mlocate 0.23.1 [...] The man locate page says: If --regex is not specified, PATTERNs can contain globbing characters. If any PATTERN ...
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In a Bash if condition, how to check whether any files matching a simple wildcard expression exist?

Stupidly, I had been using a condition like this as part of a script: if [ $(ls FOO* 2> /dev/null) ] # if files named "FOO*" were downloaded then echo "Files found" # ... process and ...
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Can I use variables inside {} expansion without `eval`?

Can I use variables inside {} expansion without appealing to eval? If so, how? This doesn't work: $ touch 1.foo 1.bar $ ls 1.{foo,bar} 1.bar 1.foo $ extensions=foo,bar $ ls 1.{$extensions} ls: ...
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“dpkg -l” receives shell wildcard character?

In a bash shell where I have globbing enabled if I execute ls -l *ou*, then shell should pass out.dot and out.png as arguments to ls, i.e. ls never sees the * character. However, looks like in case of ...
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Why does my regular expression work in X but not in Y?

I wrote a regular expression which works well in a certain program (grep, sed, awk, perl, python, ruby, ksh, bash, zsh, find, emacs, vi, vim, gedit, …). But when I use it in a different program (or on ...
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Why does ls display a non-existing file?

I want to list all the files whose name begins with uppercase: [root@localhost /]# ls /usr/bin/[[:upper:]]* /usr/bin/AtoB /usr/bin/GenIssuerAltNameExt /usr/bin/PKCS12Export ...
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optimisation of bash globs

Looking for a guide to optimising regexp matches in bash. I have a script that loops over a very long list of URLs looking for patterns. Currently it looks a little like the fragment below. Is there ...
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How to rotate all images in a directory with imagemagic?

I want to rotate all the images in a directory that match a pattern. So far I have: for file in `ls /tmp/p/DSC*.JPG`; do convert $file -rotate 90 file+'_rotated'.JPG done but that gives no ...
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Bash globs as non-file arguments. Example: apt-get remove pkg-*

I know * and other glob patterns are transformed into words by pathname expansion, based on the current working directory. Hovever, some commands seem to use them for non file arguments. For example, ...
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Meaning of “[--0]” in a glob pattern

I am a Linux/Unix newbie. I was reading about "Glob" and "Globbing Pathnames", and I found this strange (to me) part in man pages: "[--0]" matches the three characters '-', '.', '0', since '/' ...