Subject: Re: upgrade to mv
To: None <>
From: Matthias Buelow <>
List: tech-userlevel
Date: 08/15/2001 18:42:36
Lucio De Re <> writes:

>may be a little limiting.  I miss, for example, MS-DOS's
>	REN *.cob *.dis

This is because on DOS the shell (i.e., does not interpret
wildcards.  On Unix, depending on what shell you're using, and what files
matching *.dis already are there, you will get different parameters.
Of course you could write a utility and quote the wildcard characters...
But naturally, such a thing is the prime task for a shell script, and
I guess a good amount of small scripts have been written by various
people for personal use, for this purpose.  It's, like, a matter
of 10 minutes, unlike on DOS.  There is no need cluttering the system
with what can easily and quickly be accomplished by combining already
existing utilities.