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why cant i expand filenames in bash

why cant i expand filenames in bash

why cant i expand filenames in bash


why cant i get this to work in my bash script? I have multiple files with the same name but different file extension.


seek=$(grep "job name_A" "$_filename*" |sort -u)

I've tried "$_filename.*" and "$_filename./*" but bash will not expand the filenames for the grep to do a once over and i prefer not writing a loop to go thru each file. Any thoughts as I'm just not sure how to expand a filename with extensions

Thanks in advance!

RE: why cant i expand filenames in bash


Quote (man bash | QUOTING)

Enclosing characters in double quotes preserves the literal value of all characters within the quotes, with the exception of $, `, \, and, when history expansion is enabled, !.
So your asterisk ( * ) enclosed in double quotes ( " ) is considered a literal asterisk character, without any special meaning. So just do not enclose it in double quotes.


RE: why cant i expand filenames in bash

Ahhh... I have to dig into the man pages more. This worked. thnx!

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