- Appendix A. Welcome to the Command Line
- Starting Up the Terminal
- Moving Around the Filesystem
- Manipulating Files and Folders
- System Information Commands
- Searching and Editing Text Files
- Dealing with Users and Groups
- Getting Help on the Command Line
- Searching for Man Files
- Using Wildcards
- Executing Multiple Commands
- Moving to More Advanced Uses of the Command Line
This chapter is from the book
Sometimes you need to look at or use multiple files at the same time. For instance, you might want to delete all .rar files or move all .odt files to another directory. Thankfully, you can use a series of wildcards to accomplish such tasks.
- * matches any number of characters. For example, *.rar matches any file with the ending .rar.
- ? matches any single character. For example, ?.rar matches a.rar but not ab.rar.
- [characters] matches any of the characters within the brackets. For example, [ab].rar matches a.rar and b.rar but not c.rar.
- *[!characters] matches any characters that are not listed. For example, [!ab].rar matches c.rar but not a.rar or b.rar.