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

WILDMAT(3)									       WILDMAT(3)

NAME
       wildmat - perform shell-style wildcard matching

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

DESCRIPTION
       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.

       [x...y]
	      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.

       [^x...y]
	      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.

HISTORY
       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 1.2.6.1, dated 2000/08/17.

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

										       WILDMAT(3)


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