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Re: Fw: grep recursive problem

From: John Cowan
Subject: Re: Fw: grep recursive problem
Date: Fri, 20 Oct 2006 15:17:38 -0400
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dan1 scripsit:

> However, I would like to ask it to you all seriously, don't you think that
> we should consider doing something to grep so that people can use the first
> command I suggested (grep -r i80word *.php) to get the same result?

What you ask for is impossible.  Grep never sees the "*.php", because Unix
shells (unlike DOS and Windows ones) automatically expand that to the
names of files in the current directory ending in ".php".  What happens
if there are no such files depends on the shell:  csh and tcsh report errors
by default, others pass through the unaltered "*.php", which is interpreted
by grep as an actual file name.

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