Incidentally, the touch command has a "-c" switch that will prevent it from creating files when they don't exist. So you could solve your *.jsp problem by simply typing: touch -c *.jsp On Wed, 19 Dec 2001, Scott Klement wrote: > > On Wed, 19 Dec 2001, Joe Pluta wrote: > > > > > > That's what 'touch' is supposed to do, Joe. People frequently use it to > > > create empty files in UNIX environments. > > > > With invalid names? I didn't think you could create a file called "*.jsp" > > in Unix. > > > > Depends on which shell you're using under Unix. I usually use tcsh, > and it tells me: > > % touch *.jsp > touch: No match. > > However, if I do: > % touch '*.jsp' > % ls -l \** > -rw-r--r-- 1 klemscot wheel 0 Dec 19 16:22 *.jsp > > > QSHELL, however, doesn't try to emulate tcsh. It tries to emulate the > Bourne Shell, "/bin/sh", so a better test is to try it there: > > % /bin/sh > $ rm \*.jsp > $ ls -l \** > ls: **: No such file or directory > $ touch *.jsp > $ ls -l \** > -rw-r--r-- 1 scotty wheel 0 Dec 19 16:26 *.jsp > > As you can see... it does exactly what QSHELL does. > > As far as "not being able" to create a file with a '*' in it, AFIAK, the > only character you CAN'T have in a filename in Unix is '/'. In > addition to that, you can't have a file called "." or ".." (though, > periods are otherwise allowed in the filename) Beyond that, everything that > I know of is legal. Inserting things like '*' is not recommended, because > it's confusing, and harder to work with, but it's certainly legal. :) >
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