* wildcard in.sh script

Aiza aiza21 at comclark.com
Wed Jun 16 13:42:12 UTC 2010

Polytropon wrote:
> On Tue, 15 Jun 2010 09:25:05 -0700, Chip Camden <sterling at camdensoftware.com> wrote:
>> As others have mentioned, you need to quote or escape the * in the
>> command line:
>> admin "cell*"
> The problem, for explaination purposes, is that the shell you
> enter the command will already expand cell* to cell_A, cell_B
> and so on. This means that inside your script $1 will be assigned
> the first matching entry, $2 would be the second one, $3 a third
> one and so on.
> To avoid this, you need to directly communicate the * to your
> script's parameter $1, which is done by escaping or quoting it.
> In this case, $1 will contain a literal * inside the script.
> In most cases when scripting, it's useful not to assume such a
> complicated command line processing. You better let the shell
> do the expansion of *, so your script gets a lot of parameters,
> one for each match, and you then continue to process them.
> Another option is to just provide a prefix pattern to your
> script, and let IT then add the * to expand it internally
> within the script (i. e. by the shell that processes the
> script). So you won't have to give a * at the command line
> of the calling dialog shell.
Since I needed a wildcard character that was not already defined with 
special function that didn't have the be " " on the command line, I 
experimented some and found the = sign. It works for me.

Thanks to everyone who replied.

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