Globbing means matching files by name patterns containing wildcards.

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Look if a folder has some files of certain extention

Lets say I have a file structure: $ cd /home/Desktop $ ls -d */ Abc/ Qwe/ Zxc/ Rty/ $ Now I want to iterate through every directory and look if they have any .pdf files. Could some one please ...
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Using a glob pattern as an argument to “which”

Is it possible to use the which command on a glob pattern to return multiple results? For example, I want to know the full path of all my latex commands. I can try: ...
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Check if a folder has a certain type of file present

How could I check if a file has a file of extension .java? So far I have: for javaFile in *.java ; do { echo "The file $javaFile has : " >> ~/Desktop/externalServers.txt ...
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Will a '*' (star) in globbing match only characters (i.e , a-z and 0-9)?

I havie a simple question here: does a * (star wildcard) match only characters (letters and numbers) in glob style? Or will it also match special characters? In bash, * matches everything, while in ...
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how to show total files size in a folder by filtering extension without showing each file size

du -hc *zip shows me total size of zip files in a folder, but it shows also every single file size of the folder. I only need total size. Is there way to show the total size of a folder without ...
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How to list files starting with “a” or “c” from /etc.

I tried ls /etc/[ac]* but it shows directories starting with a or c, and their entire contents, not the files starting with "a" or "c".
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How to use wildcards (*) when copying with scp?

Why can't I copy with scp when I'm using * characters in the path? scp SERVERNAME:/DIR/* . What configs do SCP need to allow * in the path? UPDATE: the problem is not on server side, pscp is ...
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Globbing fails in zsh, but works in bash

I have an alias in bash, that I'm trying to port over to zsh. I thought it may have been the alias itself, but now it seems it's just the globbing. grep -irl --exclude=\*.{log,class,fuegoclass,dat}* ...
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scp wildcard not working in zsh

I have switched over to zsh, and it is working fine. One strange thing, when I try to scp with a * wildcard, it does not work, and I have to drop into bash. The second command below works fine. Any ...
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How to silently get an empty string from a glob pattern with no matches

Say I have a folder with three files: foo1 foo2 bar 1. If I run list_of_files=$(print foo*) echo $list_of_files I get: foo1 foo2 2. If I run list_of_files=$(print bar*) echo $list_of_files ...
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How do you move all files (including hidden) in a directory to another?

How do I move all files in a directory (including the hidden ones) to another directory? For example, if I have a folder "Foo" with the files ".hidden" and "notHidden" inside, how do I move both ...
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delete files matching pattern

I need to recursively remove all files in all subdirs where the filename contains a number followed by an 'x' followed by a number, at least two times. Example: I'd want to remove these files: ...
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Copying one file to multiple directories

I have a file that I want to copy to another 60 directories. The best way I can think of doing this is by making a bash script that has instructions to every folder like this: cp script.sh ...
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Move extension-less files with mv

I have a folder with images(png, bmp, jpg) and extension-less files. I cant figure out how to move only the extension-less files. They are all random numbered files.
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ls command: how to ignore case without globbing

I use the shopt -s nocaseglob command to ignore case, but it seems like it doesn't work if I use a string without glob. Just a question out of curiosity, is it possible to ignore case without ...
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Use rsync to just get a folder and its content with a pattern

I've looked all around the internet, looked in regexp sites and everything else, but I'm unable to write a rsync command to fetch what I want to. I need to mirror the FreeBSD release, but I don't ...
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How to exclude some files not matching certain extensions with grep?

I want to output all lines containing the word OK recursively from a directory. But there are a few extensions which I need to exclude from the result: *~ *.map *.js except *.debug.js I tried: ...
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Script to loop through folders with numeric names

I am working on a bash script to compress the images in my Wordpress folders. The wordpress folder structure is as follows: > wp-content/uploads/2014/01/filename.jpg > ...
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tar specific files based on a pattern

I got a lot of files with the following format: 2014_04_01_11.txt 2014_04_01_12.txt 2014_04_01_13.txt 2013_03_25_12.txt 2013_04_29_15.txt I would like to tar all theses files into an archive 20?? _ ...
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Why is my find not recursive?

I am running the following command, but it is not performed recursively: find . -name *.java I know there are java files further down in the current directory but it is performing the find on the ...
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Specifying full range of printable ASCII characters in a glob pattern

I want to use a globbing pattern to match only printable (including space) ASCII characters 0x20 through to 0x7e. This is being used inside a super super.tab database. I've arrived at the pattern: ...
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Delete files with same name at the end of the file

Delete files with same name at the end of the file i have a lot of files in my folder and sub directories like ajax_hostel_room_master.php.php class_hostel_registration.php.php ...
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grepping with “shopt -s globstar extglob”

I have shopt -s globstar extglob in my ./bashrc. I'm searching for files that refer to string Foo in the following command: grep -Fwn Foo /**/src/**/*.@(h|cpp) Now I want to except all refers from ...
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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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Passing all files of specific filetype in current and subdirectories

I have constructed an elaborate 500+ character command with many arguments and switches to autosign multiple PDF documents. I'm using JSignPDF and I'd like to use it's batch mode including the ...
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Why does rm *(1)* remove all files in a directory?

I expected that: $ rm *(1)* would remove all files containing (1) in the name. I was wrong. It removed all files in the directory. Why?
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How does a shell (bash, for example) expand wildcard patterns?

Assume that a directory has 100 files starting with the letter 'a'. If I do a grep <some string> a* from the terminal, how will the shell handle this? Will it expand the regular expression, ...
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What is the difference between [[ $a == z* ]] and [ $a == z* ]?

Is there is any difference between these two. [[ $a == z* ]] and [ $a == z* ] Can I have an example where they would have different outputs? Furthermore, how does the working of [[ ]] differs ...
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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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Copy Sequential Files

I have 12 files named dmp_000, dmp_001, etc, all the way to dmp_011. I would like to copy all of them to rdmp_000, rdmp_001, and so on, sequentially so the numbered files coincide. There must be an ...
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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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Remove unknown unicode character from textfiles - sed, other bash/shell methods

I need to search and replace all occurences of an unknown character in some files having the same name. Opening such files with vi, I read <91> code for that character. Opening them with nano, I ...
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How can we rename a file with semi-colon as part of the filename?

I tried to rename all file with extension "XLS;1" to "XLS" but it just didn't work. I tried the following in cygwin in windows xp and they don't work: mv *.XLS;1 *.XLS mv *.XLS\;1 *.XLS mv ...
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Why does grep treat '[D]ebug' string differently?

I've created simple text file named "T" to test the unusual behavior of grep: 1 Debug 2 debug 3 determined 4 Determined Tried different syntax: $ grep De T 1 Debug ...
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delete directory with special character in filename

I have these tricky directories that I can't figure out how to delete. If I run ls -ld * I get… drwxrwxr-x 7 user1 taskfmri 2048 Jan 22 15:26 857263 drwxrwx--- 4 user2 ...
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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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How can I assign the result of a command to a shell variable?

I want to assign the result of an expression to a variable and concatenate it with a string, then echo it. Here's what I've got: #!/bin/bash cd ~/Desktop; thefile= ls -t -U | grep -m 1 "Screen Shot"; ...
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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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Force Bash 4 'globstar' option to ignore symlinks

Bash 4 has a fantastic option called 'globstar' that emulates (i.e. was stolen from) zsh's ** syntax for globbing across multiple directories. However, it's somewhat crippled (for my usage, at least) ...
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In linux, how to delete all files EXCEPT the pattern *.txt?

I know how to delete all txt file under current directory by rm *.txt. Does anyone know how to delete all files in current directory EXCEPT txt file?
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Full path in glob in Zsh

Say I run the following on /some/path: for x in foo/*; do print $x done Are there any parameters I can use to tell Zsh to print, not just the filename, but the full absolute path to $x? (without ...
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How do I recursively delete directories with wildcard?

I am working through SSH on a WD My Book World Edition. Basically I would like to start at a particular directory level, and recursively remove all sub-directories matching .Apple* - how would I go ...
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Is there an equivalent to bash's “nocaseglob” in ksh?

I would like to do what is mentioned in How to match case insensitive patterns with ls? except for ksh. Is it possible to do it without any pain(regex)?
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Bash's declare -p HISTIGNORE brings bash to a halt! Why?

Executing the following code in GNU bash, Version 4.2.45(1)-release (x86_64-redhat-linux-gnu), Fedora 19 ... shopt -s extglob export ...
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Does * match hidden files in tar even with dotglob unset?

I was under the impression that the * glob does not match dot-prefixed files unless you manually enable such functionality (through dotglob, or your shell's equivalent). Yet if I have a directory a ...
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**/ not working with a mounted volume

I'm trying to recursively extract a set of .jpgs from a mounted volume using SMB1, to a folder on my computer. Here's what I've got: cp -a **/97*.jpg /Users/.../All_Covers This works as long as my ...
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Shell filename pattern that expands to dot files but not to `..`?

Recently I had a little mishap caused by a shell pattern that expanded in an unexpected way. I wanted to change the owner of a bunch of dot files in the /root directory, so I did chown -R root .* ...
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Differing outputs of the commands “ls .*” and “ls *.”

The command ls .* when run gives as output the following : All the files in the current directory starting with a . (hidden files) All the files in the hidden directories present in the ...
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How to delete 2 months back files in unix

Say I have below log files, AA_XX_20130719185428.log exec_xxx_cpb_20130712182453.log 13122013121327_AR_INC_DOBC_1.dprf.log 24122013_masterscript.LOG Date part contains both date and time. I want ...
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SFTP chroot jail/access based on wildcard

I want to give a list of people SFTP access to /webdocs/ABC* where they will read-write access to only directories that match this wildcard. How do I do this? Can I create a chroot jaill or some ...