Unix Tip #4469- June 6, 2014


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To grab all hidden files


A safe way of grabbing all "hidden"
files is to use '.??*' rather than
'.*' since this will only match 3
or more characters. Admittedly,
this will miss any hidden files
that are only a single character
after the ., but it will always
miss '.' & '..', which is probably
more important...

We can use .[a-zA-Z0-9]* to grab
all hidden files other
than . and .. we will not get
hidden files which dont have any
alphanumeric character following
the first '.' - can someone tell
how to go about this


This tip generously supported by: muraliaj@synopsys.com



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