Pattern matching guide

FishEye supports a powerful type of regular expression for matching files and directories (same as the pattern matching in Apache Ant).

These expressions use the following wild cards:

?

Matches one character (any character except path separators)

*

Matches zero or more characters (not including path separators)

**

Matches zero or more path segments.

Remember that Ant globs match paths, not just simple filenames.

  • If the pattern does not start with a path separator i.e. / or \, then the pattern is considered to start with /**/.
  • If the pattern ends with / then ** is automatically appended.
  • A pattern can contain any number of wild cards.

Also see the Ant documentation.

Examples

*.txt

Matches /foo.txt and /bar/foo.txt
but not /foo.txty or /bar/foo.txty/

/*.txt

Matches /foo.txt
but not /bar/foo.txt

dir1/file.txt

Matches /dir1/file.txt, /dir3/dir1/file.txt and /dir3/dir2/dir1/file.txt

**/dir1/file.txt

Same as above.

/**/dir1/file.txt

Same as above.

/dir3/**/dir1/file.txt

Matches /dir3/dir1/file.txt and /dir3/dir2/dir1/file.txt
but not /dir3/file.txt,/dir1/file.txt

/dir1/**

Matches all files under /dir1/

/dir1* Matches all files as /dir11, /dir12, /dir12345 and so on.
/dir?? Matches all files as /dir11, /dir22 and so on, replacing just 2 characters.

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