Python fnmatch glob invalid expressions
Similar to Unix shell ones but without special handling of path bits, identical otherwise, and much simpler than regex:
?matches any single character
[seq]matches any character in seq
[!seq]matches any character not in seq
I have a list of names, I allow the user to select one or more by providing either a single string or a glob and returning what matches.
First it was two parameters and “if both are passed X takes precedence, but if it doesn’t have matches then fallback is used …”.
Realized that a simple string is a glob matching itself - and I can use the same field for both simplifying A LOT. The users who don’t know about globs can just do strings and everything’s fine. Still unsure if it’s a good idea, but nice to have as option.
Then - OK, what happens if his string is an invalid glob? Will this lead to a “invalid regex” type of exception?
Well - couldn’t find info about this, in the source code globs are converted to regexes and I see no exceptions raised, and couldn’t provoke any errors myself.
Globs with only mismatched brackets etc. always match themselves , but the best one:
>>> fnmatch.filter(['aa]ab','bb'],"aa]*a[bc]") ['aa]ab']
It ignores the mismatched bracket while correctly interpreting the matched ones!
So - I just have to care that a “name” doesn’t happen to be a correctly formulated glob, like
- If it’s a string and has a match, return that match
- Anything else is a glob, warn about globs if glob doesn’t have a match either. (Maybe someone wants a name literally containing glob characters, name is not there but either they know about globs and know it’s invalid now, or they don’t know about them - since they seem to use glob special characters, now it’s a good time to find out)