match checks strings against pattern, which should be a shell-like
glob pattern. pattern may contain the following special
A "?" character in pattern matches any single character in the
string, except that the "/" character is only matched if match was
given the -s option.
A "*" character in pattern matches zero or more characters in the
string. The exception is that it will only match "/" characters if
match was given the -s option.
A set of characters between square brackets matches any character in
the set. In addition, the "-" character can be used to specify a
range. For example "[+e0-3]" would match any of the characters "+",
"e", 0, 1, 2, or 3 in the input string. To include a
hyphen ("-") in the set of characters matched, either include the
hyphen first or last, or escape it with a "\".
A character class preceded by a "!" matches any character but those
specified in the class. The exception is that the negated character
class will match a "/" only if match was given the -s option.
The backslash character escapes the next character c. Thus, to
match a literal "*", you would use the pattern "\*".
match prints each string that matches pattern, one per line, and
exits 0 if one or more strings matched. If no string matches, match
exits with status 67 (or whatever alternate status was specified by
the -x flag). If the -nn flag was specified, match prints
only the text that matched the nth occurrence of "*" in the
Specifies that the pattern should be read from file. match will
read each line of the file and consider it as pattern to match against
the argument strings. For each argument string, match stops when it
hits the first matching line of the file. If file does not exist,
match exits 67, or whatever code was specified by -x.
Normally, the -n option selects text matching particular "*"
characters in the patern. -g changes this behavior to use
parentheses for grouping. Thus, for instance, the text "foo.c" would
match pattern "*(.[ch])", and the output with option -n 1 would be
".c". To include a literal "(" or ")" in the pattern with the
-g option, you must precede the character with a "\".
Makes the match case insensitive. str will be considered to match
if any variation on its capitalization would match. For example,
string "G" would match pattern "[f-h]".
When a pattern matches the string in more than one way, the -l flag
says to assign as much text as possible to the leftmost "*"s in the
pattern. For example, pattern "*+*" would match text "a+b+c", and
the first "*" would match "a+b". This behavior is the default, thus
-l's effect is only to undo a previous -r flag.
With this flag, match prints the text that matched the nth "*" in
the pattern, as opposed to printing the whole string. The leftmost
"*" corresponds to -n 1. Specifying -n 0 causes match to print
the whole matching string. Specifying -n -1 or using a value
greater than the number of "*"s in the pattern causes match not to
print anything, in which case you can still use the exit status to see
if there is a match. The default value for n is 0, unless -g
has also been specified, in which case the default is 1.
When -c is specified, match runs command with the system shell
(/bin/sh), giving it as argument $0 the full string that matched,
and as arguments $1, $2, etc., the parts of the string that matched
any "*"s in pattern. If the command does not exit with status 0,
match will exit immediately, before processing further matches, with
whatever status command returned. The -c and -n flags are
Specifies the pattern to match against. The -p flag is optional;
you can specify pattern as the first argument following the
options. However, if you want to try matching the same input string
against multiple patterns, then you must specify each pattern with a
This option is synonymous with -n -1; it suppresses output when
there is a match. You can still determine whether a match occurred by
the exit status.
When a pattern matches the string in more than one way, the -r flag
says to assign as much text as possible to the rightmost "*"s in the
pattern. For example, with -r, pattern "*+*" would match text
"a+b+c" with the "*" matching "a", and the second matching "b+c".
Ordinarily, "*", "?", and negated character classes ("[!...]") do
not match "/" characters. -s changes this behavior to match
By default, when there is no match, match exits with status 67. With
this option, match exits with status code, instead.
Suppose you have a directory with a bunch of files ending .c and
.o. If, for each file named foo.c you want to attempt to delete
the file foo.o, you can run the following command:
match -p '*.c' -c 'rm -f $1.o' *.c
Servers running the mailman list manager often send mail from bounce
addresses of the form firstname.lastname@example.org. If you
subscribe to multiple lists on the same server, the mailman interface
makes it easier if you subscribe under the same address. To split the
mail into multiple folders based on the bounce address in the
environment variable SENDER, you might chose a mailbox with the
following shell code: