possible bug with find

Bob McGowan rmcgowan@veritas.com
Tue Jan 16 15:03:00 GMT 2001


Andrew Markebo wrote:
> 
....
> 
> Bash seems to have begun with a smart habit of deciding when to glob,
> and not to glob..
> 

Bourne shell and its derivatives:  If the glob pattern does not match a file, pass it to the program and let it decide what to do.  OK for 'find', other programs generate a
'No such file or directory' error.

C shell and its derivatives:  If the glob pattern does not match a file, always generate an error (program name followed by "No match.") and never run the program.

Esoterica such as the above, and a great introduction to shell scripting, can be found in the book "The UNIX Programming Environment" by Kernighan and Pike.  Almost all the
content also applies to Cygwin.

-- 
Bob McGowan
Staff Software Quality Engineer
VERITAS Software
rmcgowan@veritas.com

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