Globbing means matching files by name patterns containing wildcards.

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Match-zero-or-more operator in shell globbing

I'm stuck in a quite trivial problem here: how can I make the * symbol in bash mean zero or more, like it does in tools such as sed? For example, ak* should match any file whose name consists ...
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How to move the first x files

I have this huge folder with thousands of unordered files. Is it feasible to move the first 5000s to a subfolder via the mv command? For now I move files with mv *some_pattern* ./subfolder1/ ...
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Is there a reason to use multiple question marks instead of an asterisk in filename expansion?

If I have a number of directories, named, for example 10001 through 10025 is there any reason to use ls 1*/foo vs. ls 100??/foo? I have a lot more than 25 of them, so I mostly curious if there's any ...
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Why is `find -name *.jks` not returning some files? [duplicate]

find . -name *.jks -print 2>/dev/null returns files of extension jks that do not have underscores as part of their name. Much to my surprise, I have just discovered that * does NOT substitute ...
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Expansion with numbers in human readable format

So, I want to play some MP3s in a console player that takes file names as inputs. I have the following files, as given by ls -1 * where * get expanded by my shell (zsh): 1 - Main title.mp3 10 - End ...
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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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Why are square brackets preventing shell expansion?

'4800483343' is a directory, and 'file1' & 'file2' are two files in it. Why is the following happening? $ ls 4800483343 file1 file2 $ md5sum 4800483343/* 36468e77d55ee160477dc9772a99be4b ...
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for loop in bash lists dot and double dot folders [duplicate]

for f in ~/common/.*; do echo $f done The entries listed are, /home/sk/common/. #undesired /home/sk/common/.. #undesired /home/sk/common/.aliasrc And i am putting a ugly ...
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what is the difference between `find .` and /home/user/* as an input to for command

What is the difference between find . and /home/user/* as an input to for command.? For example: for var in $(find .) do echo "$var" done or for var in /home/user/* do echo "$var" done In the ...
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Loop in WildCard as Input of Script

I want to use my script on many files sometimes. I used this for the purpose: for etminput in $1 do #process done But this just gives the first input. How can I do the process on every ...
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Look if a folder has some files with certain extensions

Suppose I have a file structure: $ cd /home/Desktop $ ls -d */ Abc/ Qwe/ Zxc/ Rty/ $ Now I want to iterate through every directory and see if they have any ".pdf" files. Could some one please ...
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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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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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Searching a pattern in file names with number

I have a large number of files in a folder each with the date as the filename. For example 20130101 20130102 20130103 . . . 20130131 similarly for other months 20130201 to 20130230, the pattern is ...
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untar a directory of *.tgz files using a wildcard

I've got a directory that looks like $ ls Broad_hapmap3_r2_Affy6_cels_excluded.tgz DINGO.tgz GIGAS.tgz index.html IONIC.tgz passing_cels_sample_map.txt ...
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Is it dangerous to always have extglob on?

If I turn extglob on to do things like shopt -s extglob rm !(*.html|*.txt) # remove everything except html and txt files Is it unwise to keep extglob on after this? Are there any caveats of having ...
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Valgrind /usr/lib files are not regular Linux files

The problem that I encountered today (on an embedded device with Linux) is that some files (specifically, the Valgrind /usr/lib files) are behaving very strange and they are not copy-able with scp ...
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Regex match in CLI

Is there something like a logical for the cli? I want to achieve this mv -t newfolder *.(png|jpg) so that alls jpg and png files are moved into newfolder. I know it could be done with mv -t ...
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returning strings corresponding to shell glob matching

Suppose I have a subdirectory called sub. Then I want to operate on all files in that directory with the extension "txt". I want something like for f in sub/*.txt do enscript -b "" -o {$f ...
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How can I loop through lines of a file and find files matching each line?

In a BASH shell, I would like to take the lines of a file (eg pattern.txt) and find the files on my system whose names contain the patterns in each line of my file. So, I have the following for loop ...
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Why does the wildcard * not work when changing directories?

For example I'm in my directory: /home/myname and then I want to CD into a different directory. /home/pulsar/... Since I need to go pretty deep into the other directory, how can I go about this ...
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Ignore globs that don't match anything

I want to select all files in a directory that end with any of the following extensions: txt, java, xml, csv Right now I'm doing like this: echo *.{txt,java,xml,csv} The problem is, if the ...
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Bash copy all files that don't match the given extensions

When I import pictures from my camera in Shotwell, it also imports the video clips. This is somewhat annoying, as I would like to store my videos in another folder. I've tried to write a bash command ...
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List all dotfiles current directory using zsh

How can I list all dotfiles in a directory using zsh.?
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Where did scp put these files?

I ran an scp command to download some files from an SSH server. Instead of using the . to put it in the current folder, I accidentally typed *. It looks like scp copied the files and put them ...
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Iterating over glob patterns, not the files in them

I would like to perform the same aggregation operations on each of several bunches of files where each bunch is matched by one glob pattern. What I would not like to do is pipe each file name into the ...
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Odd alias “find . -name '*\!{*}*' -ls” in Unix Power Tools

From Unix Power Tools 3rd Edition page 175: Article 9.27 shows a way to match directories in the middle of a path. Here's a simpler "find file" alias that can come in very handy: alias ff ...
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Find files that end with number

Im trying to make some backup script as the log files get bigger and bigger. What i have is coping the current file, (for example secure file in /var/log/) and remove the content from that file. But ...
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Find files by the length of filename

I want to find all files by length of the file names. For example if I want to find files of length 1, such as a.go, b.go I put: grep '.\{1\}' file But this does not work. What command can I use ...
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ffmpeg -pattern_type glob — not loading files in correct order

I have a dilemma.. I've had a script for a while now that downloads pictures from a webcam every few minutes. The naming convention just does new_image((len(files(dir))+1) + '.jpg') and that's all ...
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How to make tar globbing work with the 'change directory' option

I have the followin directory structure: base/ files/ archives/ scripts/ I want a script to run from scripts/, compress files that match results.*.log in files/ into a gzipped tar archive ...
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How does logrotate treat globbing?

If I have a logrotate config file like this, # matches multiple ones /var/log/project/*.log { ... prerotate ... endscript ... } So how does the glob work here? If I have 3 log ...
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Bash Wildcard Partial Match Directory

I have this bash script which is trying to find a directory that partially changes on peoples systems. cd "$HOMEDIR/AppData/Local/GitHub/PortableGit"*"/bin" Yet this does not seem to work - it ...
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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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Extended file globbing not working with cat inside bash script

When, in my terminal, I type cat ~/my/+(a|b)/doc It reads ok from both ~/my/a/doc and ~/my/b/doc, but when I put that command in a bash script: #!/bin/bash cat ~/my/'+(a|b)'/doc I get the error: ...
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scp, globbing, and different shells

The other day at work I tried doing scp remotehost:~/*.txt . and I received an error about the *, *.txt file not found sorry, not at work and I forget the exact error on my workstation I run zsh ...
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Why does ls .* show different files than ls ./.*?

Blank file .ignoramus in current directory exists. bojan@localhost:~$ echo $GLOBIGNORE .ignoramus bojan@localhost:~$ ls .* | grep ignor bojan@localhost:~$ ls ./.* | grep ignor ./.ignoramus tools ...
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Rsync unable to remove remote file not exist in local

Consider my local folder /tmp/foo/ /tmp/foo/1.txt /tmp/foo/2.txt /tmp/foo/3.txt and my remote folder /tmp/foo/ /tmp/foo/1.txt /tmp/foo/2.txt /tmp/foo/4.txt and in my local side, I run the ...
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Regex file name with multiple digits

Say I have the following file: test_file-1234-master.tar.gz I have tried to un tar using the following commands tar -xf test_file-[0-9]+-master.tar.gz tar -xf test_file-[:digit]-master.tar.gz ...
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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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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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copying specific files in directory

I am trying to copy some of the files in a directory. The directory contains following files my current directory is ~/certificate/ drwxrwxr-x 2 ubuntu ubuntu 4096 Oct 16 11:58 apache -rw-rw-r-- ...
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Curly Brace glob order?

If I have two files (in a folder with similarly numbered files) such as foo.18 foo.19 And I want to use a glob on them, do I do it like so: cp -r /folder1/*.{19,20} /folder2/ or like so? cp -r ...
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Shell wildcards and dot files

I am a beginner terminal user trying to understand wildcards. I think I pretty much have a good grasp on it, but I have a couple of questions: Why do the following two codes work as expected: ls -d ...
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Select greatest numbered filename

Simple requirement but can't find anything online which can achieve it. I have a list of dated files as below... filename_20120101.dat filename_20120102.dat filename_20120103.dat I ...
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Finding program name by wildcard pattern

I am trying to write a script that will attempt to find if a certain program is installed. Lets say that the program is called, myprog. The problem is that the program can be named in different ...
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Bash globbing hidden files

I'm trying the following globs in a bash shell: $ ls -d .* . .. .a .ab $ ls .a* .a .ab $ ls .[!.]* .a .ab $ ls .[!.]?* .ab Shouldn't the last expression mean "a dot followed by exactly one ...
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Splitting a large directory tree by file type

I have a large data directory (20-30Gb) on my Ubuntu 10.10 desktop machine that consists of many raw data files, processed data files, and assorted scripts, tables, figures etc. generated from the ...
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tar command - skip symlinks

I use the tar command as, tar -cvf protTests.tar protTests/* to tar all files inside the folder, protTests. But this is including the symbolic links inside the folder, which is not a desired one. ...
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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: ...