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GLOB(3)                    Linux Programmer's Manual                   GLOB(3)

       glob, globfree - find pathnames matching a pattern, free memory from glob()

       #include <glob.h>

       int glob(const char *pattern, int flags,
                int (*errfunc) (const char *epath, int eerrno),
                glob_t *pglob);
       void globfree(glob_t *pglob);

       The  glob()  function  searches for all the pathnames matching pattern according to the rules used by the shell
       (see glob(7)).  No tilde expansion or parameter substitution is done; if you want these, use wordexp(3).

       The globfree() function frees the dynamically allocated storage from an earlier call to glob().

       The results of a glob() call are stored in the structure pointed to by pglob.  This structure is of type glob_t
       (declared in <glob.h>) and includes the following elements defined by POSIX.2 (more may be present as an exten-

           typedef struct {
               size_t   gl_pathc;    /* Count of paths matched so far  */
               char   **gl_pathv;    /* List of matched pathnames.  */
               size_t   gl_offs;     /* Slots to reserve in gl_pathv.  */
           } glob_t;

       Results are stored in dynamically allocated storage.

       The argument flags is made up of the bitwise OR of zero or more the following symbolic constants, which  modify
       the behavior of glob():

              Return  upon a read error (because a directory does not have read permission, for example).  By default,
              glob() attempts carry on despite errors, reading all of the directories that it can.

              Append a slash to each path which corresponds to a directory.

              Don't sort the returned pathnames.  The only reason to do this is to save processing time.  By  default,
              the returned pathnames are sorted.

              Reserve  pglob->gl_offs  slots  at  the  beginning of the list of strings in pglob->pathv.  The reserved
              slots contain NULL pointers.

              If no pattern matches, return the original pattern.  By default, glob() returns  GLOB_NOMATCH  if  there
              are no matches.

              Append  the results of this call to the vector of results returned by a previous call to glob().  Do not
              set this flag on the first invocation of glob().

              Don't allow backslash ('\') to be used as an escape character.  Normally, a backslash  can  be  used  to
              quote the following character, providing a mechanism to turn off the special meaning metacharacters.

       flags may also include any of the following, which are GNU extensions and not defined by POSIX.2:

              Allow  a leading period to be matched by metacharacters.  By default, metacharacters can't match a lead-
              ing period.

              Use alternative functions pglob->gl_closedir, pglob->gl_readdir, pglob->gl_opendir, pglob->gl_lstat, and
              pglob->gl_stat for file system access instead of the normal library functions.

              Expand  csh(1)  style  brace expressions of the form {a,b}.  Brace expressions can be nested.  Thus, for
              example, specifying the pattern "{foo/{,cat,dog},bar}" would return the same results  as  four  separate
              glob() calls using the strings: "foo/", "foo/cat", "foo/dog", and "bar".

              If  the pattern contains no metacharacters then it should be returned as the sole matching word, even if
              there is no file with that name.

              Carry out tilde expansion.  If a tilde ('~') is the only character in the pattern, or an  initial  tilde
              is  followed  immediately by a slash ('/'), then the home directory of the caller is substituted for the
              tilde.  If an initial tilde is followed by a username (e.g., "~andrea/bin"), then the tilde and username
              are  substituted  by the home directory of that user.  If the username is invalid, or the home directory
              cannot be determined, then no substitution is performed.

              This provides behavior similar to that of GLOB_TILDE.   The  difference  is  that  if  the  username  is
              invalid,  or  the  home  directory cannot be determined, then instead of using the pattern itself as the
              name, glob() returns GLOB_NOMATCH to indicate an error.

              This is a hint to glob() that the caller is interested only in directories that match the  pattern.   If
              the implementation can easily determine file-type information, then non-directory files are not returned
              to the caller.  However, the caller must still check that returned files are directories.  (The  purpose
              of this flag is merely to optimize performance when the caller is interested only in directories.)

       If  errfunc  is not NULL, it will be called in case of an error with the arguments epath, a pointer to the path
       which failed, and eerrno, the value of errno as returned from one of the calls to  opendir(3),  readdir(3),  or
       stat(2).   If errfunc returns non-zero, or if GLOB_ERR is set, glob() will terminate after the call to errfunc.

       Upon successful return, pglob->gl_pathc contains the number of matched pathnames and pglob->gl_pathv contains a
       pointer to the list of pointers to matched pathnames.  The list of pointers is terminated by a NULL pointer.

       It  is possible to call glob() several times.  In that case, the GLOB_APPEND flag has to be set in flags on the
       second and later invocations.

       As a GNU extension, pglob->gl_flags is set to the flags specified, ored with GLOB_MAGCHAR if any metacharacters
       were found.

       On successful completion, glob() returns zero.  Other possible returns are:

              for running out of memory,

              for a read error, and

              for no found matches.

       POSIX.2, POSIX.1-2001.

       The structure elements gl_pathc and gl_offs are declared as size_t in glibc 2.1, as they should be according to
       POSIX.2, but are declared as int in libc4, libc5 and glibc 2.0.

       The glob() function may fail due to failure of underlying function calls,  such  as  malloc(3)  or  opendir(3).
       These will store their error code in errno.

       One example of use is the following code, which simulates typing

           ls -l *.c ../*.c

       in the shell:

           glob_t globbuf;

           globbuf.gl_offs = 2;
           glob("*.c", GLOB_DOOFFS, NULL, &globbuf);
           glob("../*.c", GLOB_DOOFFS | GLOB_APPEND, NULL, &globbuf);
           globbuf.gl_pathv[0] = "ls";
           globbuf.gl_pathv[1] = "-l";
           execvp("ls", &globbuf.gl_pathv[0]);

       ls(1), sh(1), stat(2), exec(3), fnmatch(3), malloc(3), opendir(3), readdir(3), wordexp(3), glob(7)

       This  page  is part of release 3.22 of the Linux man-pages project.  A description of the project, and informa-
       tion about reporting bugs, can be found at

GNU                               2007-10-10                           GLOB(3)