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Old 12-23-2004, 03:56 PM   #1
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Find and special file names

Howdy y'all !!

Hope everyone is geared up for an awsome holz !

Am pulling my hair out on a problem with the find util while running a bash script in Cygwin.

given the following 2 files in a directory named as such:



find . -max-depth 1 -type f -name *.txt

results only in the first file being found. I'm sure it has to do with the second file having brackets in it, and that fnmatch is wigging out on it.... how do I work around this?

Thanks HUGE !
Old 12-23-2004, 04:04 PM   #2
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Aha !

Fingered it out m'self. {pat} {pat}

find . -maxdepth 1 -type f -regex .*.txt$


Now..... could somone explain why the orginal metod fails? Is that the intended functionality?
Old 12-23-2004, 09:49 PM   #3
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You need to add double quotes to the wildcard pattern, eg

find . -max-depth 1 -type f -name "*.txt"

otherwise the asterisk gets expanded by the shell before the command executes.


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