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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  glob 
  n  :  a  compact  mass;  "a  ball  of  mud  caught  him  on  the  shoulder" 
  [syn:  {ball},  {clod},  {lump},  {clump},  {chunk}] 
 
  From  Jargon  File  (4.2.3,  23  NOV  2000)  [jargon]: 
 
  glob  /glob/,  _not_  /glohb/  v.,n.  [Unix;  common]  To  expand 
  special  characters  in  a  wildcarded  name  or  the  act  of  so  doing  (the 
  action  is  also  called  `globbing').  The  Unix  conventions  for  filename 
  wildcarding  have  become  sufficiently  pervasive  that  many  hackers 
  use  some  of  them  in  written  English,  especially  in  email  or  news  on 
  technical  topics.  Those  commonly  encountered  include  the  following: 
 
  * 
  wildcard  for  any  string  (see  also  {UN*X}) 
 
  ? 
  wildcard  for  any  single  character  (generally  read  this  way 
  only  at  the  beginning  or  in  the  middle  of  a  word) 
 
  [] 
  delimits  a  wildcard  matching  any  of  the  enclosed  characters 
 
  {} 
  alternation  of  comma-separated  alternatives;  thus 
  `foo{baz,qux}'  would  be  read  as  `foobaz'  or  `fooqux' 
 
  Some  examples:  "He  said  his  name  was  [KC]arl"  (expresses  ambiguity). 
  "I  don't  read  talk.politics.*"  (any  of  the  talk.politics  subgroups  on 
  {Usenet}).  Other  examples  are  given  under  the  entry  for  {X}.  Note  that 
  glob  patterns  are  similar,  but  not  identical,  to  those  used  in  {regexp}s. 
 
  Historical  note:  The  jargon  usage  derives  from  `glob',  the  name 
  of  a  subprogram  that  expanded  wildcards  in  archaic  pre-Bourne  versions 
  of  the  Unix  shell. 
 
 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  glob 
 
  /glob/,  *not*  /glohb/  To  expand  {wild  card}  characters  in  a 
  {path  name}. 
 
  In  {Unix}  the  {file  name}  wild  cards  are: 
 
  *  =  zero  or  more  characters  (E.g.  {UN*X}) 
 
  ?  =  any  single  character 
 
  []  any  of  the  enclosed  characters 
 
  {}  indicate  alternation  of  comma-separated  alternatives,  thus 
  foo{baz,qux}  would  expand  to  foobaz"  or  "fooqux".  This 
  syntax  generates  a  list  of  all  possible  expansions,  rather 
  than  matching  one 
 
  These  have  become  sufficiently  pervasive  that  hackers  use  them 
  in  written  English,  especially  in  {electronic  mail}  or 
  {Usenet}  news  on  technical  topics.  E.g.  "He  said  his  name  was 
  [KC]arl"  (expresses  ambiguity).  "I  don't  read 
  talk.politics.*"  (any  of  the  talk.politics  subgroups  on 
  {Usenet}).  Other  examples  are  given  under  the  entry  for  {X}. 
  Note  that  glob  patterns  are  similar,  but  not  identical,  to 
  those  used  in  {regexps}. 
 
  glob"  was  a  subprogram  that  expanded  wild  cards  in  archaic 
  pre-{Bourne}  versions  of  the  {Unix}  {shell}. 
 
  (1997-07-16) 
 
 




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