python 2.7.12 on Linux behaving differently than on Windows

Michael Torrie torriem at
Mon Dec 5 15:34:08 EST 2016

On 12/05/2016 01:09 PM, Random832 wrote:
> The rules are simpler than you're probably thinking of. There's actually
> no relationship between globs on the left and on the right. Globs on the
> left simply select the files to rename as normal, the glob pattern
> doesn't inform the renaming operation.
> A question mark on the right takes the character from *that character
> position* in the original filename. That is, if you have "abc", "rename
> ab? ?de" renames it to "ade", not "cde".
> A star on the right takes all remaining characters. If you include a
> dot, the "name" (everything before the last dot) and "extension" of the
> file are considered separate components [so in adddition to rename *.c
> *.d, renaming a.* b.* where you have, a.pyc, a.pyo will work].
> But if you don't include a dot, for example "rename abcde.fgh xyz*", it
> will rename to xyzde.fgh .

Ahh.  Good explanation.  Thank you.  So in the case of rename, the
second argument isn't actually a glob at all (even though it looks like
one).  A useful simplification to be sure, though not one I'd want to
emulate (it relies on Windows' idea of file extensions to really work

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