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.



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


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


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


Same as above.


Same as above.


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


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.
Last modified on Oct 25, 2018

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