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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

 
GeneralRe: My C# contribution - recursive, of course! Pin
Erwin de GRoot29-Mar-10 2:58
memberErwin de GRoot29-Mar-10 2:58 
GeneralDepends on whether you need to optimize the last few nanoseconds out of it... Pin
RenniePet29-Mar-10 8:45
memberRenniePet29-Mar-10 8:45 
GeneralSorry - revised numbers Pin
RenniePet29-Mar-10 9:35
memberRenniePet29-Mar-10 9:35 
GeneralRe: Depends on whether you need to optimize the last few nanoseconds out of it... Pin
Erwin de GRoot29-Mar-10 9:37
memberErwin de GRoot29-Mar-10 9:37 
GeneralYet another version - 25% faster, I think [modified] Pin
RenniePet1-Apr-10 9:24
memberRenniePet1-Apr-10 9:24 
GeneralRe: Yet another version - 25% faster, I think Pin
aleks1k21-Sep-11 3:47
memberaleks1k21-Sep-11 3:47 
QuestionI used this function but I how I can catch variables from the * ??? Pin
moh.hijjawi20-Oct-09 2:55
membermoh.hijjawi20-Oct-09 2:55 
AnswerRe: I used this function but I how I can catch variables from the * ??? Pin
RenniePet1-Apr-10 12:27
memberRenniePet1-Apr-10 12:27 
Questionany updates ? Pin
alhambra-eidos2-Jul-09 6:12
memberalhambra-eidos2-Jul-09 6:12 
GeneralImproved matching with end-of-text Pin
Anders Heie11-May-09 16:20
memberAnders Heie11-May-09 16:20 
GeneralRe: Improved matching with end-of-text: some cases don't work properly! Pin
roadrunner31412-Aug-09 4:35
memberroadrunner31412-Aug-09 4:35 
GeneralRe: Improved matching with end-of-text: some cases don't work properly! Pin
sdiazdiaz20-Jun-13 2:50
membersdiazdiaz20-Jun-13 2:50 
QuestionPathMatchSpec instead? Pin
kintz25-Mar-09 9:55
memberkintz25-Mar-09 9:55 
AnswerRe: PathMatchSpec instead? Pin
MandatoryDefault31-Aug-09 11:39
memberMandatoryDefault31-Aug-09 11:39 
Questionwchar_t version? Pin
rmorales8729-Nov-08 21:16
memberrmorales8729-Nov-08 21:16 
AnswerRe: wchar_t version? Pin
razvar31-Mar-11 22:49
memberrazvar31-Mar-11 22:49 
Generalwildcmp in XBLite Pin
CodeGibbon27-Nov-08 14:56
memberCodeGibbon27-Nov-08 14:56 
GeneralWildcard string compare in C# Pin
haiquang10-Nov-08 23:15
memberhaiquang10-Nov-08 23:15 
GeneralRe: Wildcard string compare in C# Pin
haiquang3-Aug-09 23:22
memberhaiquang3-Aug-09 23:22 
GeneralC# Direct Port Pin
hempels23-Sep-08 16:10
memberhempels23-Sep-08 16:10 
General...and yet another C# port [modified] Pin
DVF27-Aug-10 17:59
memberDVF27-Aug-10 17:59 
GeneralRe: ...and yet another C# port Pin
VUnreal21-Sep-10 12:22
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General[Message Removed] Pin
stonber18-Sep-08 15:22
memberstonber18-Sep-08 15:22 
GeneralUsing in Artistic Style Pin
jimp023-Apr-08 5:43
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GeneralGeez... Pin
larryfr5-Mar-08 10:39
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