[Python-ideas] Optional argument to fnmatch functions treat * and ** differently
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Tue Feb 28 16:27:08 EST 2017
I would like fnmatch.fnmatch to have a mode where:
** matches any files and zero or more directories and
subdirectories (i.e. the current behaviour of *)
* matches in one path level/only to the next path separator
This is essentially achievable in glob.glob from version 3.5 (with
recursive=True), but glob is not suitable for my use case, as I need to
work with strings and not files. I would like to gauge whether adding
such behaviour behind an optional argument similar to glob's "recursive"
(e.g. "glob_asterisks=False") is likely to be accepted into the standard
library, before I start working on a patch.
I have seen people raise the question of how to achieve this in a number
of places. Somebody has also forked the Python 2 standard library
fnmatch module to implement this as a standalone library:
(which shows that the actual changes are likely to be pretty small).
This request is also discussed in the following bug:
Not directly on point, but some may find the discussion interesting:
I would appreciate any thoughts.
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