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LUA MODULE globtopattern v$(_VERSION) - converts file glob string to Lua pattern string. SYNOPSIS local globtopattern = require 'globtopattern'.globtopattern local pat = globtopattern '[a-z]??.htm*' --> ^[a-z]..%.htm.*$ assert(('a01.html'):match(pat)) DESCRIPTION This module converts a file glob expression [1,2] into a Lua pattern, which can then be used in Lua's pattern matching function. File globs are a common means to match file names. Roughly in concept, ignoring differences in syntax, globs are a subset of Lua patterns which are a subset of regular expressions. However, globs sometimes have some obscure rules and corner cases (see below) depending on chosen syntax. [3-4] API p = globtopattern(g) Converts glob string `g` into Lua pattern string `p`. Always succeeds. Warning: This might not completely conform to POSIX or other specifications. Further validation should be done on syntax implemented. DEPENDENCIES None (other than Lua 5.1 or 5.2). HOME PAGE https://github.com/davidm/lua-glob-pattern DOWNLOAD/INSTALL To install using LuaRocks: luarocks install lua-glob-pattern Otherwise, download <https://github.com/davidm/lua-glob-pattern>. You may simply copy globtopattern.lua into your LUA_PATH. Otherwise: make test make install (or make install-local) -- to install into LuaRocks make remove (or make remove-local) -- to remove from LuaRocks REFERENCES/FOOTNOTES  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glob_%28programming%29  http://lua-users.org/wiki/FileGlob  http://apr.apache.org/docs/apr/1.3/group__apr__fnmatch.html Apache APR fnmatch, based on POSIX 1003.2-1992, section B.6  http://blogs.msdn.com/oldnewthing/archive/2007/12/17/6785519.aspx Wildcards in Windows/MSDOS. Windows globs are often implemented by calling the FindFileFirst / FindFileNext Win32 API calls. The glob function implemented by Windows FindFileFirst/FindFileNext API calls can be especially counterintuitive and should sometimes be avoided (e.g. *.txt may match both 1.txt and 1.txt~). So, wrapping these API calls in a Lua extension DLL may not be the most desirable approach. LICENSE (c) 2008-2011 David Manura. Licensed under the same terms as Lua (MIT). Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions: The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software. THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM, OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN THE SOFTWARE. (end license)