On Jan 15, 2007, at 2:29 PM, Gary Kline wrote:
OMG!  I managed to break a new shell war :)

/me ducks and runs very far away

        No! no, cometh backeth, Giorgos!  No war, just peace, love
        and flowers:-)

% cd /usr/ports/mail/imap-uw/ && make extract && cd work/imap-2004g
% tail -3 Makefile
# A monument to a hack of long ago and far away...
        @echo not war?

  Actually, I do use zsh, just have no clue how to
        set noglob.  I was going to ask, but didn't want to show my
        ignorance.  [[ been using zsh for 16, 17 years... ]]
[ ... ]
        Chuck, exactly what does noglob do? How to set/unset,  please?

noglob is a keyword (a "precommand modifier", specifically) that disables wildcard filename globbing:

  % cd /tmp
  % touch 'a*'
  % touch 'ab'
  % ls a*
  a*              ab
  % noglob ls a*

This trivial case isn't too useful, but consider wanting to copy all .jpg files from your home directory on another machine to the local machine via scp or rsync:

  noglob scp [EMAIL PROTECTED]:*.jpg .

It's also amazingly handy in conjunction with the "find" command:

  noglob find /usr/obj -name *.a

...so much so that I do:

  alias find='noglob find'

...in my ZSH environment.


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