A Peek at Metacharacters

Metacharacters are special characters that have particular meaning to your shellthe dollar sign or hash mark prompt where you do your work. The two metacharacters I want to look at are the asterisk and the question mark. The following is what they mean to the shell:


Match any number of characters


Match a single character

Extending our talk of listing files, you could list all files containing ackle by using this command:

$ ls *ackle* hackle hackles tackles 

Similarly, you could find all the words that start with an h like this:

$ ls h* hackle hackles 

Now, if you want to see all the seven-letter words in your directory, use this command:

$ ls ??????? hackles tackles 

Each question mark represents a single letter position.

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