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File matching enhancements

Discussion in 'Suggestions' started by Steve Fabian, Jan 27, 2010.

  1. Steve Fabian

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    1/ Directory search enhancement
    When the attribute selection specifies that only directories are to be
    reported, i.e., either the D or the L attribute are required, we need an
    option to report the matching directory itself, not its contents (but
    recursing into it to locate matching subdirectories, if appropriate).

    2/ Drive wildcard
    Magellan from long-dead Lotus back in 1990 allowed * or ? in the drive
    field of file specification to specify matching the rest of the
    specification on all drives.

    3/ Path wildcard (also from Magellan)
    A parser enhancement explained by example:

    f:\*\backup match any directory entry on any path with name "backup"
    f:\*\x?z\*\*.* match any file if its path passes through a subdirectory
    with a name matching x?z

    Come to think of it, I think I have requested 2/ and 3/ in 4DOS days!
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    Steve
     
  2. David Marcus

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    Epsilon uses * to match anything except backslash and ** to match anything including backslash.
     

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