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Date: 2002-05-14 (13:50)
From: Oliver Bandel <oliver@f...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] Wildcard expansion/command line

On Tue, 14 May 2002, Jens Olsson wrote:

> Hello,
> This is my second time at the list. Feel good to be back :) Hope all of you are well! 
> I have a question right away. It might not (probably not) be a Ocaml related question but I'll give it a shot!
> I write a program that is invoked from the command line. All well, but when I was starting to make my program deal with wildcards I realized that the ocaml program gets its command line arguments expanded (if wildcards are used). I have included an exam
ple at the bottom of my mail to clarify if it is unclear what I mean.

> Example call         Command line arg within my program
> ./myprog m*       -> Sys.argv.(1) = "m1.txt"
> ./myprog m?.txt   -> Sys.argv.(1) = "m1.txt"
> ./myprog "m*"     -> Sys.argv.(1) = "m*"
> ie, wildcards are expanded before given to my program.

This is typical bwehaviour of unix-shells, and that's what
they are good for. That's, why working with shells is so
easy. :)

If you don't want that behaviour, write your own shell, or
let your program explicitly read the arguments in.


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