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Old 02-17-2012, 09:26 AM   #1
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Question Stuck compiling application


I'm trying to compile an application by calling the usual "make", but it fails at some point with something like this:
mystrip: '/tmp/usr/lib/myapp/{,**/}*.myext': No such file
I can't find what "{,**/}*.myext" does.

Does someone know?

Thank you.
Old 02-17-2012, 09:34 AM   #2
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It is recursively including every file with the extension myext in directory /tmp/usr/lib/myapp. Are you trying to compile something you downloaded from the internet or something you're writing?
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Thanks. It's an application from the Net.

What does "{,**/}" do?
Old 02-17-2012, 05:01 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by littlebigman View Post
What does "{,**/}" do?
** is the extended file match globbing operator. It's a feature available in Bash version 4 and it matches all the directories and files recursively. You can see the difference between * and ** if you run the following in your home directory:
shopt -s globstar
echo **/
echo */
Notice that activating the globstar shell option is mandatory to make ** work.

, is the comma operator that in this case serves to concatenate strings, that is every matched directory (or subdirectory) is concatenated to the rest of the path.

{} is the brace expansion.
Old 02-17-2012, 05:43 PM   #5
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Thanks for the info.


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