Bash Reference Manual sometimes mentions "filename expansion" and sometimes but less often "pathname expansion".

I have been thinking they are the same concept. But the same manual mentions the two without defining the second, which makes me uncertain. So are they the same or different?

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    With all your questions about the bash man page I have to wonder if you've ever gotten as far as LESS=+/^AUTHORS man bash. :D
    – Wildcard
    Commented Mar 19, 2016 at 1:19
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    I think it's great, by the way. I intend to read the entire bash man page myself someday , and I expect your questions (and the answers to them) will be a great help to me when I do.
    – Wildcard
    Commented Mar 19, 2016 at 1:20
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    Thanks. Never expect the authors will read my questions, because I have many. Plus whoever wrote it might not be those who can explain it well. I must say the Bash Reference Manual is one of the least organized manual I have read.
    – Tim
    Commented Mar 19, 2016 at 1:41
  • See the first bug: LESS=+/^BUGS man bash
    – Wildcard
    Commented Mar 19, 2016 at 2:09
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    Try the bash info pages instead. but use pinfo rather than info. pinfo works llke a text-mode web browser such as lynx or links. info itself is probably only comprehensible/usable by long-term emacs addicts. You may need to install the bash-doc package if your distro doesn't include the full .info documentation with the bash package itself.
    – cas
    Commented Mar 19, 2016 at 2:46

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And recognize that both are talking about same-thing. (also known as globbing)

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