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Old 11-03-2009
WildCard serach for files in a directory

Hi i have a requirement to search for all files in a directory.

the files will start as file1_*,file2_*,file3_*

where the wild card character is a timestamp. so on a particular day i may get files like


my script should return a '1' only if all the three files i.e. file1_*,file2_* and file3_* are present in the directory. else it should return '0'.
# 2  
Old 11-03-2009

Attention : in UNIX the true or OK condition is 0, everything else is false or ERROR.
function TestFiles ()
     for I in 1 2 3
          ls file$I_* || return 1
     return 0 # Not necessary

You can simply invoque that in a further test like
if TestFiles
then ...
else ...

# 3  
Old 11-04-2009

the file1,file2 and file3 are examples that i gave.

All the three file names are completely different from each other. It would more be like.


in the same script how can i direct the return value to a text file in a directory?
# 4  
Old 11-04-2009
function TestFiles ()
{   for I in testapp newfile obsolete
     do   ls file$I_* || return 1

I don't know if you want to examine multiple directories.
You can use this simle statement in a terminal and look if it works
for I in testapp newfile obsolete; do ls file$I_* || echo "not found" > test.txt; done

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