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Command Reference: g

Glob pattern matching for file system objects (eg *.txt)


Returns a list of files and directories that match a glob pattern.

Output is a JSON list.


g: pattern -> <stdout>

[ <stdin> -> ] @g command pattern [ -> <stdout> ]

!g: pattern -> <stdout>


Inline globbing:

cat: @{ g: *.txt }

Writing a JSON array of files to disk:

g: *.txt -> > filelist.json

Writing a list of files to disk:

g: *.txt -> format str -> > filelist.txt

Checking if a file exists:

if { g: somefile.txt } then {
    # file exists

Checking if a file does not exist:

!if { g: somefile.txt } then {
    # file does not exist

Return all files apart from text files:

!g: *.txt

Auto-globbing (eg for Bash compatibility):

@g ls *.txt


Pattern Reference


Any command prefixed with @g will be auto-globbed. For example, the two following commands will produce the same output:

» ls @{g: *.go}
benchmarks_test.go  defaults_test.go  flags.go  godoc.go  main.go  murex_test.go

» @g ls: *.go
benchmarks_test.go  defaults_test.go  flags.go  godoc.go  main.go  murex_test.go

The rational behind the ugly @g syntax is simply to make one-liners a bit less painful when coming from more traditional POSIX-like shells (eg Bash) where wildcards are automatically expanded. So if you type ls * (for example) then realise you've forgotten to subshell, you can just recall the last command with auto-globbing enabled:

@g ^!!

Inverse Matches

If you want to exclude any matches based on wildcards, rather than include them, then you can use the bang prefix. eg

» g: READ*

» !g: *
Error in `!g` (1,1): No data returned.


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