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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

 
GeneralMany thanks, with 1 small gripe .. PinmemberDavid Patrick29-Sep-04 9:41 
GeneralRe: Many thanks, with 1 small gripe .. PinmemberJack Handy6-Oct-04 9:13 
GeneralRe: Many thanks, with 1 small gripe .. PinmemberVic Mackey16-Oct-04 20:33 
I disagree. The return value for strcmp() is more than simply a test for equality, it tells you which string is greater than the other. A zero return value for strcmp() makes sense, but not for wildcmp() since the return value is strictly boolean, match or no match. The current implementation is fine (although some people might be picky about the return type, int vs bool). Perhaps to avoid confusion with string comparison functions, the function should be renamed to wildmatch() or something similar.

GeneralRe: Many thanks, with 1 small gripe .. PinmemberVoja Intermajstor25-Nov-04 0:26 

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