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Wildcard string compare (globbing)

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Matches a string against a wildcard string such as "*.*" or "bl?h.*" etc. This is good for file globbing or to match hostmasks.

Usage:

This is a fast, lightweight, and simple pattern matching function.

if (wildcmp("bl?h.*", "blah.jpg")) {
  //we have a match!
} else {
  //no match =(
}

Function:

int wildcmp(const char *wild, const char *string) {
  // Written by Jack Handy - <A href="mailto:jakkhandy@hotmail.com">jakkhandy@hotmail.com</A>
  const char *cp = NULL, *mp = NULL;

  while ((*string) && (*wild != '*')) {
    if ((*wild != *string) && (*wild != '?')) {
      return 0;
    }
    wild++;
    string++;
  }

  while (*string) {
    if (*wild == '*') {
      if (!*++wild) {
        return 1;
      }
      mp = wild;
      cp = string+1;
    } else if ((*wild == *string) || (*wild == '?')) {
      wild++;
      string++;
    } else {
      wild = mp;
      string = cp++;
    }
  }

  while (*wild == '*') {
    wild++;
  }
  return !*wild;
}

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Comments and Discussions

 
Generalchecking for null Pin
Jack Handy13-Mar-03 20:38
memberJack Handy13-Mar-03 20:38 
I've seen a few people in these boards complain that I didn't check for null pointers in this function. This is a C function and the last time I checked, passing NULL to strcmp or any other C string function will segfault. I'm not saying this is great, and if you wanted to add a check for null, that would be fine. I just don't think that this is a 'bug' (if you can even call it that) worth flaming an otherwise great function.

-Jack


There are 10 types of people in this world, those that understand binary and those who don't.


GeneralRe: checking for null Pin
Anonymous15-Mar-03 20:10
sussAnonymous15-Mar-03 20:10 
GeneralRe: checking for null Pin
Jack Handy18-Mar-03 13:25
memberJack Handy18-Mar-03 13:25 

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