Linuxnewbie.org: Globbing on the Command Line

[ Thanks to Sensei
for this link. ]

This article explains the details of referring to multiple
files on the command line using wildcards — particularly the
places where the UNIX wildcards differ from the simpler wildcards
used by DOS and Windows.

“This article assumes you know how to access the command line,
and are familiar with the meanings of files and directories. The
commands ls(1), cp(1) and mv(1) (list files, copy files, and move
files, respectively) are used as examples — it’s helpful if you
know what they do, or have read their manpages. The differences
between the Linux shell and the DOS command line are explained, but
DOS experience isn’t really required….”

“Globbing” is like a lot of terms you hear from UNIX users — it
sounds amusing, but it’s meaning isn’t necessarily apparent.
Actually, globbing isn’t something you yourself need to do — it’s
something you get to tell the shell (e.g. bash or csh) to do for
you. Globbing is done when you specify filenames using “wildcard”
contractions to refer to more than one file using a shorter form
for them on the commandline….”