Globbing means matching files by name patterns containing wildcards.

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How do I choose specific files in a different directory using bash?

I want to list (or delete, or do some other operation) on certain files in a directory, like this: $ ls /opt/somedir/ aa bb cc aa.txt bb.txt cc.txt $ ls /opt/somedir/(aa|bb|cc) ## pseudo-bash ...
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Avoiding errors due to unexpanded asterisk

In bash I often use for-loops such as the following for file in *.type; do sommecommand "$file"; done; to perform an operation for all files matching *.type. If no file with this ending is ...
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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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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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what is wild card to select all directories in a directory

i want to set sticky bit for all directories in a directory excluding files. is there any wild card to do this? #sudo chmod g+s /var/www/<WILD_CARD_FOR_ALL_DIRECTORIES>
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What is the difference between “*.pl” and *.pl in grep? Why does quoting change the result?

What is the difference between: grep "string" . -r --include *.pl and grep "string" . -r --include "*.pl" The latter includes files in subdirectoried while the former not. Why?
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Pattern matching on path names in bash

I want to act on a list of subdirectories in a directory. Consider: for x in x86-headers/*/C/populate.sh; do echo $x; done This gives x86-headers/elf/C/populate.sh x86-headers/gl/C/populate.sh ...
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Can I select only one result from a bash glob?

I'm trying to write a script for work to automate some reporting on an output. The Log files are (currently, it's being 'standardise' in the future) stored in this sort of path structure: ...
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cp with a single argument containing wildcards [duplicate]

If I have the following 2 files and 1 folder: someuser@computer:~/Desktop/test$ ls -l total 340 -rw-r--r-- 1 someuser someuser 45082 ago 5 09:56 file1.pdf -rw-r--r-- 1 someuser someuser 291836 ago ...
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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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“grep -r foo *” vs “grep -r foo .”

When using grep -r you could search in all files with either * or . and it seems to return the same thing but is it really the same? Let's say I search for "foo", then I could write grep -r foo * ...
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History of Bash globbing

Is there a historical reason why Bash "globbing" and regular expressions are not identical? For example, I believe that in Bash [1-2]* matches anything that starts with a 1 or a 2 followed by anything ...
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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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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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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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What's the best way to count the number of files in a directory?

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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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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Force newlines with cat wildcard printing

I want to use cat with wildcards in bash in order to print multiple small files (every file is one sentence) to standard output. However, the separate file contents are not separated by a newline, ...
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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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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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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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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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How can I search a wild card name in all subfolders?

How can I search a wild card name in all subfolders? What would be the equivalent of DOS command: dir *pattern* /s in *nix?
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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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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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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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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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bash globstar matching

I have this directory structure: ~/tmp/globstar ɀ find dir -type f dir/file.ext dir/subdir1/file.ext dir/subdir2/file.ext and, with the globstar option enabled in Bash, I can say: ~/tmp/globstar ...
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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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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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Bash substitution with variable defined from a glob pattern

The below example explains the issue. Why is the FILENAME printed correctly when echoed and perceived as a pattern when using substitution? #!/bin/bash FILEPATH_WITH_GLOB="/home/user/file_*" ...
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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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Why does `du -sh *` complain about invalid options?

I've searched my best through Google, but for the life of me I can't figure out what to use instead of * (asterisk) after a recent update (even Wikipedia seems to think du -sh * and du -sh * should ...
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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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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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Extended Glob: What is the difference in syntax between ?(list), *(list), +(list) and @(list)

I have a question after reading about extended glob. After using shopt -s extglob, What is the difference in the following? ?(list): Matches zero or one occurrence of the given patterns. *(list): ...
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Using regex in ls and mv

I have a directory structure like this ├── UK │   ├── BuyBand_go_UK.png │   ├── BuyBand_go_UK.svg │   ├── BuyBand_K.png │   ├── BuyBand_K.svg │   ├── BuyBago_UK.png │   ├── BuyBago_UK.svg │   ├── ...
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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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find files without extension

Let say I have: foo.txt bar baz.ooo If I use ls -1 !(*.*) then I'll get only bar on the output. Great, now I wish to have same results with find - some find -regex that will do the job. NOTE: ...
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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: ...
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ZSH: Globbing the first N files under a path in lexicographic order

I was wondering if there is a way to specify the first N files under a given a directory in zsh. I am interested in solutions for recursive enumeration (i.e. any file recursively below a path is ...
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ls *.* gives: “*.*: No such file or directory” message [duplicate]

I'm using Linux app-server 3.2.0-4-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 3.2.41-2+deb7u2 x86_64 GNU/Linux. When I go to a directory with several files named name1.php, name1.html, name2.php, etc. and type: $ sudo ls ...
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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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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 ...