Globbing means matching files by name patterns containing wildcards.

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What is the significance of the dot in bash commands and how is it different from an asterisk?

I'm trying to understand the significance of the dot in bash and how it differs from an asterisk. Can someone please elaborate? For example, what's the difference between cp -ar /foo/. /foo2/ and cp ...
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Wildcards inside quotes

This will be an easy one, but in my memories, when shell scripting, using double quotes would allow expanding globbing and variables. But in the following code: #!/bin/sh echo *.sh echo "*.sh" echo ...
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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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What's the best way to count the number of files in a directory? [duplicate]

If parsing the output of ls is dangerous because it can break on some funky characters (spaces, \n, ... ), what's the best way to know the number of files in a directory? I usualy rely on find to ...
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How do I remove all sub-directories from within a directory?

This question is kind of a phase II to the first question I posted at here I have a directory that contains a bunch of sub-directories, .zip files, and other random files not contained within a ...
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What is the setting in bash for globbing, to control whether * matches dot files

I was surprised recently when I did something like mv ./* ../somedirectory and found that files like .gitignore were not moved. I do most of my work in zsh on OS X, and this surprise bit me in bash ...
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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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Bash script error with strings with paths that have spaces and wildcards

I am having trouble getting the basics of Bash scripting down. Here's what I have so far: #!/bin/bash FILES="/home/john/my directory/*.txt" for f in "${FILES}" do echo "${f}" done All I want to ...
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How does GLOBIGNORE work?

According to bash's manual page: GLOBIGNORE A colon-separated list of patterns defining the set of filenames to be ignored by pathname expansion. If a filename matched by a ...
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Remove all but one ( or more ) kind of filetype

I've been trying to find a command to remove all files in a folder but not a kind of filetype. But I seems to not have any luck. What I've tried so far : set extended_glob rm !(*.dmg) # this returns ...
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Cannot expand asterisk without proper permission

Can someone explain to me the following? $ ls -ld /temp/sit/build/ dr-xr-s--- 3 asdf qwer 4096 Jan 31 2012 /temp/sit/build/ $ ls -ld /temp/sit/build/* ls: /temp/sit/build/*: Permission denied So ...
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Why is bash extended-globbing variable substitution acting at the byte level?

I thought that bash variable substitution and globbing worked at character resolution, so I was rather surprised to see it acting at the byte level. Everything in my locale is en_AU.UTF-8 When ...
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ImageMagick on multiple files

I have converted a single file from BMP to PNG with ImageMagick's convert using the command below convert CD\ Front.bmp CD\ Front.png I have many such files, thus I tried: for f in */*.bmp ; do ...
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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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How to copy all html files from a directory tree to a single directory?

I want to copy all the .html files in myDir and its subdirectories to ~/otherDir. Here's what I tried (it doesn't work): $ find myDir -name *.html -print | xargs -0 cp ~/otherDir usage: cp [-R [-H | ...
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“mkdir foo; svn mv * foo”

I often want to do some variant of this idiom: $ mkdir 2010 $ svn mv * 2010 Of course, I get an error because the glob matches 2010 as well: svn: Cannot copy path '2010' into its own child ...
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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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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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Exclude one pattern from glob match

I have several files with the same base filename. I'd like to remove all but one foo.org #keep foo.tex #delete foo.fls #delete foo.bib #delete etc If I didn't need to keep one, I know I could use ...
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Why two almost idetical grep commands return different output: w/o and with filename

I have 2 almost identical greps: [Alex@localhost tmp]$ grep /bin/bash /etc/passwd root:x:0:0:root:/root:/bin/bash AlexL:x:500:500::/home/AlexL:/bin/bash user1:x:501:501:user1 ...
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ZSH: Recursive globbing with .directories

I thought the glob pattern: **/(*|.*) would represent every folder and file starting with dot (.) or not, but it skips directories in the current directory that start with .. What is the glob ...
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Remove all Vim undo files in all but one directory

I just realized that I have tons of Vim undo (.un~) files sprinkled around my file system. I'd like to delete all of these files except in one directory—~/.tmp. My first problem is that I can't seem ...
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Get a list of 3 letter commands on Mac OS X

How can I either create or find a list of 3-letter unix commands on Mac OS X? I'd like to create a new program/command for a project. I'd like to make it a 3-letter name, but I don't want to conflict ...
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Glob with Numerical Order

I have this list of pdf files in a directory: c0.pdf c12.pdf c15.pdf c18.pdf c20.pdf c4.pdf c7.pdf c10.pdf c13.pdf c16.pdf c19.pdf c2.pdf c5.pdf c8.pdf c11.pdf c14.pdf c17.pdf c1.pdf ...
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Multidigit ranges of files in lexicographical order in zsh

I would like to specify a range of files (in lexicographical order) with two integers (e.g. 2 to 57) in zsh by globbing. For example: "pick the files 2 to 57 in lexicographical order under the path ...
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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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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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Can I have my shell history record how wildcards expanded?

If I run: $ ls * foo bar buzz $ history | tail -1 ls * You can see that in my shell history it remembers that I ran ls * rather than ls foo bar buzz. Ideally, I'd like to record both in separate ...
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How to remove files which do not end with “.c”?

I have a directory which contains all the C programs. I have also compiled them at the creation time so as to check my code. There are a lot of programs nearly 100 of them. So I want a BASH script ...
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cp hidden files with glob patterns

Situation : $ mkdir foo && touch foo/.test $ cp foo/* . zsh: no matches found: test/* (or bash : cp: cannot stat ‘test/*’: No such file or directory) I have a directory full of hidden ...
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Why doesn't “rm *” work when there are files that begin with a hyphen?

from: http://seclists.org/fulldisclosure/2011/Sep/190 [USER@MACHINE ~] mkdir ejha [USER@MACHINE ~] cd ejha/ [USER@MACHINE ~/ejha] touch ize [USER@MACHINE ~/ejha] touch -- -f -i [USER@MACHINE ...
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How do I extract all .htaccess files from a tarball?

I want to extract all .htaccess files from a tarball, how can I do so? I see only one mention of "include" in the manual page of tar which is not related with an option for including only certain ...
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How to search in specific files matching a pattern

How can I find a word in specific files matching a pattern. e.g. searching for version in CMake* files recursively found in the current directory.
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Excluding a directory name in a zsh recursive glob

I'm running zsh on Linux under setopt extended_glob ksh_glob glob_dots. I'm looking for something easy to type on the command line, with no portability requirements. I'm looking at a source code tree, ...
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Find a string only in a specific file inside subdirectories

Let's say I need to find the function GetTypes() in all C# source file (.cs) the directories/subdirectories. I used grep -rn GetTypes *.cs, but I got an error with grep: *.cs: No such file or ...
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Create symbolic links to files using wildcards

I want to create symlinks to multiple files: ln -s dev-*.php 's/dev-(.*\.php)/$1/' Results hoped for: site.php links to dev-site.php file.php links to dev-file.php What's the most ...
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How to view last 5 lines from last created/modified file?

Every day I have to take backup and update the status to support teams at particular time for which I need to check last 5 lines of last created/modified *.aff file in a directory and update them. ...
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is the behaviour of .* to include . and .. defined in LSB or POSIX or some other specification?

as title: is the behaviour of .* to include . and .. defined in LSB or POSIX or some other specification?
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Linux command to return all files that start with TEMP but do not end with double digits

What is the Linux command to return all files that start with TEMP but do not end with double digits? I think it should look something like this: ls -l TEMP*[!0-9][!0-9] but the results of my ...
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How do I filter a glob in zsh

Basically I can use a glob in zsh to a list. Often, it turns out, I would like to filter that list, grep'ishly I'm wondering though, if I need to do that. Does zsh have a method to filter a list? ...
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Sort files by modification time

I've seen many questions and answers here using a construction along the lines of list_dir=`ls -t /path/to/dir/` for i in $list_dir; do or ls -t | while read i; do Now, I know that you shouldn't ...
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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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How to put the specific files from a directory in an array in bash?

Suppose I have a directory under which there are 3 files named: file1.txt,file2.txt and file3.txt. Now how can I fill an array with those file names(I just know that all the files have certain ...
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The best way to expand glob pattern?

I need to expand a glob pattern (like ../smth*/*, or /etc/cron*/) into a list of files, programmatically. What would be the best way to do it?
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Run a command on all subfolders

If you have a series of subfolders (like from a to z) and want to run a command on each one of them (like rm *.pdf or ls *.pdf), how do you do that? The "manual" approach would be cd a, rm *.pdf, or ...
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Bash globbing: how to express “something-*.txt except *-foobar.txt” as glob?

On the command line, can I express easily in terms of shell globs that I would like to catch all files something-*.txt, except for something-*-foobar.txt? If I can, how? NB: I know how to achieve the ...
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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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Copy all dotfiles except for `.git` and `..`

I am aware of using .[!.]* to refer to all dotfiles in a directory with the exception of .., but how might one refer to all dotfiles except for .. and .git? I have tried several variations on ...
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Listing with `ls` and regular expression

How can I list files with a filename ending with last character and with .txt extension ? I have tried ls *+([[:digit:]]).txt but this is true for abc12.txt and abc2.txt. But I need to get only ...
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How can I make bash not match `.` and `..` with `.*`

When I try to match all dot files in a directory with .* it seems to have a nasty side-effect: besides matching all (real) files and directories, it matches . and ... bash-3.2$ mv test/.* dest/ mv: ...