[TUHS] Regular Expressions (was Re: origin of the name 'glob')

Paul Winalski paul.winalski at gmail.com
Mon Jul 10 07:55:50 AEST 2017


On 7/9/17, ron minnich <rminnich at gmail.com> wrote:
>>
> All the DEC-10 and 11 operating systems I used had that wildcard, as well
> as IIRC even the PDP-8, maybe someone can confirm the -8.
>
> It would have been nice had RE's been the standard way to glob files, but,
> that said, when I mention .*\.c to people instead of *.c they don't much
> like it.

So when were REs first designed and implemented?  I would imagine that
they came about as a way to extend the old '*' and '?' wildcard
syntax, but that is only a guess.

-Paul W.


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