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RedHat 9 (Linux i386) - man page for wildmat (redhat section 3)

WILDMAT(3)									       WILDMAT(3)

       wildmat - perform shell-style wildcard matching

       wildmat(text, pattern)
	   char       *text;
	   char       *pattern;

       Wildmat	is  part of libinn(3).	Wildmat compares the text against the pattern and returns
       non-zero if the pattern matches the text.  The pattern is interpreted according	to  rules
       similar	to  shell  filename wildcards, and not as a full regular expression such as those
       handled by the grep(1) family of programs or the regex(3) or regexp(3) set of routines.

       The pattern is interpreted as follows:

       \x     Turns off the special meaning of x and matches it directly;  this  is  used  mostly
	      before a question mark or asterisk, and is not special inside square brackets.

       ?      Matches any single character.

       *      Matches any sequence of zero or more characters.

	      Matches  any single character specified by the set x...y.  A minus sign may be used
	      to indicate  a  range  of  characters.   That  is,  [0-5abc]  is	a  shorthand  for
	      [012345abc].   More than one range may appear inside a character set; [0-9a-zA-Z._]
	      matches almost all of the legal characters for a host name.  The close bracket,  ],
	      may  be  used  if  it is the first character in the set.	The minus sign, -, may be
	      used if it is either the first or last character in the set.

	      This matches any character not in the set x...y, which is interpreted as	described
	      above.   For  example,  [^]-]  matches  any character other than a close bracket or
	      minus sign.

       Written by Rich $alz <rsalz@uunet.uu.net> in 1986, and  posted  to  Usenet  several  times
       since then, most notably in comp.sources.misc in March, 1991.

       Lars Mathiesen <thorinn@diku.dk> enhanced the multi-asterisk failure mode in early 1991.

       Rich   and   Lars   increased   the  efficiency	of  star  patterns  and  reposted  it  to
       comp.sources.misc in April, 1991.

       Robert Elz <kre@munnari.oz.au> added minus sign and close bracket handling in June, 1991.

       This is revision, dated 2000/08/17.

       grep(1), regex(3), regexp(3).


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