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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: Not DOS compatible Pin
Jack Handy2-May-01 12:03
memberJack Handy2-May-01 12:03 
GeneralRe: Not DOS compatible Pin
Miroslav Rajcic6-May-01 23:04
memberMiroslav Rajcic6-May-01 23:04 
GeneralDOS compatible workaround Pin
Fredrik Wangel5-Jul-01 1:47
memberFredrik Wangel5-Jul-01 1:47 
GeneralRe: Not DOS compatible Pin
W2k27-Dec-02 13:26
memberW2k27-Dec-02 13:26 
You're either trying to be funny, or you're just clueless.

The reason a command like "dir *.*" in DOS, or a Windows DOS box, will also yield files that have no extension, is that, well, even without an extension, the dot is still there. You CAN'T have a filename without a dot in it under DOS or Windows, that's just the way the file systems (FAT, NTFS, others) work.

The reason you can still do something like "type bleh" to get the contents of the file "bleh." is because DOS is so clever - it knows that there's supposed to be a dot there, even if the user forgot to type it in.

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QuestionWhy, oh why only? Pin
Anonymous2-May-01 2:17
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AnswerRe: Why, oh why only? Pin
Simon Capewell2-May-01 2:39
memberSimon Capewell2-May-01 2:39 
GeneralRe: Why, oh why only? Pin
Anonymous5-Jul-01 10:27
memberAnonymous5-Jul-01 10:27 
AnswerRe: Why, oh why only? Pin
Paul McGuire4-Dec-01 4:18
memberPaul McGuire4-Dec-01 4:18 

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