Problem with extended wildcards

May 20, 2008
Elkridge, MD, USA
WinXP home SP3 / TCC 13.01.32 (no TCMD)

*dir/b/og/nej/p/s f:\**\V0000
(many hidden directories named V0000 without subdirectories)

Is the bug or user error that TCC dies?

TCC 13.01.32
EAX=00000000 EBX=00000072 ECX=00000002 EDX=00000002
ESI=0130DB2A EDI=07038000 EBP=012FD4D0 ESP=012FD4C8
CS=0000001B DS=00000023 ES=00000023 SS=00000023

1 : TakeCmd.dll 00000001:000c347a



Staff member
May 14, 2008
> *dir/b/og/nej/p/s f:\**\V0000
> (many hidden directories named V0000 without subdirectories)
> Is the bug or user error that TCC dies?

User error.

The docs *do* tell you not to use /S with directory wildcards!

What you're doing in that command is asking DIR for all of the directories
named V0000 anywhere on F:. And then repeat for every subdirectory on F: --
which means if you have, say 100 subdirectories named V0000 and a total of
20,000 subdirectories on F:, you'd get back a directory listing with
2,000,000 entries (your 100 matching files * the 20,000 times you asked for
it to be repeated. )

Except you can't because you don't have enough memory, and Windows blew up.
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