I have this code :

for file in "$@"*png; do
  echo "$file"

It works only if you provide a path that ends with / like /root/.

What would be the correct way to add / to the path input, in situations like this, without breaking my script?

If you give a path input without / at the end, it just does this :

File: /root*png

If I modify it to be for file in "$@"/*png; do and input /root/test/ it works but the result looks ugly :

File: /root/test//sample2.png
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    I'm pretty sure the reason it works with two slashes is for exactly this purpose. – Jesse_b Jan 7 '18 at 4:11

ilkkachu pointed out a major flaw in my answer and corrected it in his so please give him the credit he deserves. I've come up with another solution though:


for dir in "$@"; do
        find "$dir" -type f -name '*png' -exec readlink -f {}  \;


$ ll
total 6
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 104 Jan  7 14:03 script.sh*
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root   3 Jan  7 04:21 test1/
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root   3 Jan  7 04:21 test2/
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root   3 Jan  7 04:21 test3/

$ for n in {1..3}; do ll "test$n"; done
total 1
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 0 Jan  7 04:21 testfile.png
total 1
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 0 Jan  7 04:21 testfile.png
total 1
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 0 Jan  7 04:21 testfile.png

$ ./script.sh test1 test2/ test3

Original Solution:

for file in "${@%/}/"*png; do
  echo "$file"

The ${@%/} will trim any / off the end of your parameter and then the / outside will add it back -- or add it to any parameter that didn't have one.

  • @Freedo, yea but that will only work with a single argument. – Jesse_b Jan 8 '18 at 1:20
  • Thanks for adding the original answer back, if you wish to add you can also replace @, by $1 or $2... and it will work just fine with multiple arguments. – Freedo Jan 15 '18 at 7:13

Using $@ with the glob like that seems somewhat odd. If you expect it to be able to process multiple arguments, well, it won't work. The strings surrounding $@ are only attached to the first and list item.

$ mkdir a b; touch a/a.png b/b.png
$ set -- a b 
$ echo x"$@"x
xa bx
$ echo "$@/"*.png
a b/b.png

So, to handle multiple arguments, you'll need to loop over "$@" separately:

for arg in "$@"; do
    for file in "${arg%/}"/*.png; do
         echo "$file"

In another case, you could you could use the string substitution expansion ${//} (in Bash or zsh) to add a suffix to each positional parameter, but it's rather difficult to get that to work with a glob.


You can use tr too.

Always add / at the end and ...

file='/root/test//sample2.png';echo "$file" | tr -s '/'

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