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Wildcard string compare (globbing)

, 15 Feb 2005
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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

 
QuestionMy vote of 5+ PinmemberSanmayce29-Nov-13 8:47 
GeneralMy vote of 5 PinmemberFranc Morales29-May-13 16:47 
Questionhelp required for wilcard matching * and # PinmemberSaimaAsif24-Feb-12 0:56 
I read this article " ,its really amazing. I appreciate your efforts. I am student, I need help in defining the same kind of function according to my requirements. I hope, I 'll get good response.
 
Words are strings which are separated by dots. Two additional characters are also valid i.e:The *, which matches 1 word and the #, which matches 0..N words Example: *.stock.# matches the routing keys usd.stock and eur.stock.dsf but not stock.nasdaq.
 

Your help would be highly appreciated.
Sam

GeneralMy vote of 5 PinmemberPlamen Petrov13-Dec-11 22:37 
SuggestionModification with '#' as wildcard joker for digits [modified] PinmemberThomas Haase26-Sep-11 0:16 
QuestionLicence Question Pinmemberrandommark23-Nov-10 1:33 
AnswerAnother C# version, with a twist Pinmembertomlev29-Jun-10 15:50 
GeneralObscurity PinmemberChuck O'Toole25-Apr-10 19:18 
AnswerMy C# contribution - recursive, of course! PinmemberRenniePet26-Mar-10 6:21 
GeneralRe: My C# contribution - recursive, of course! PinmemberErwin de GRoot29-Mar-10 2:58 

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