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Re: [Help-bash] Glob star pattern does not match files beginning with a

From: Michael Convey
Subject: Re: [Help-bash] Glob star pattern does not match files beginning with a period
Date: Mon, 13 Jul 2015 14:50:08 -0700

On Mon, Jul 13, 2015 at 11:57 AM, David Niklas <address@hidden> wrote:

> ls *
> Documents
> tmp
> rtorrent-session
> I'm using bash version 4.3.39.
> I want * to match _everything_ but "." and ".." .
> Thanks, David
​According to the bash reference manual:

When a pattern is used for filename expansion, the character ‘.’ at the
start of a filename or immediately following a slash must be matched
explicitly, unless the shell optiondotglob is set.

Therefore, you need two arguments to the ls command to accomplish what you
are trying to do, as follows:

ls -d * .[!.]?*​

The first argument * matches all regular files. The second argument .[!.]?*
matches all hidden files by expanding into every filename that begins with
a period, does not include a second period, contains at least one
additional character, and may be followed by any other characters.

​Your original command will work if you set the dotglob​ option via "shopt
-s dotglob".

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