Wildcards in computer programming are symbols that can stand for any number of different points of data. Using wildcards in a query will return more results that standard parameters.

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How to delete a file with a bad file name?

I had a file downloaded from torrent by a media center device on an external hard disk. The file has an invalid filename such as "Movie ** 480p ** NEW.wmv" (without the quotes). I cannot delete or ...
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Find and replace using wildcard/regex characters in Notepad++

I have an HTML Code with the following structure: <td class="tar"> <div class="bubble in"> Some Text, I want to keep! And maybe even an image: <img src= ...
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Do not expand wildcard on tab completion

I'm wondering how I can configure zsh to not expand the wildcard in a filename. For example I have a directory of a couple hundred files named as following: a.foo-bar a.foo b.foo-bar b.foo c.foo-bar ...
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Script to Find Certain words and delete those lines in a file

EDITED THE QUESTION as i am open to different type of solutions unlike just batch previously I am on Windows & some suggested SED etc. So i am OK with these 3rd party standalone exe's using ...
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Can bash wildcards specify negative matches?

In bash is it possible to use wildcards to specify "all files in current directory EXCEPT [files matching a specific (wildcard) pattern]"? Eg, "all files which don't match *~" Or more generally, is ...
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Wildcard argument to cygwin utility

Command ls "myfolder" does its job, listing csv files inside the folder. Yet ls "myfolder/*.csv" -> No such file or directory because ls "myfolder/*" -> No such file or directory and ls ...
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how to insert many similar records in mysql at a time using phpmyadmin?

we know that we can insert multiple records at a time using this query: INSERT INTO `TABLE1` (`First`,`Last`) VALUES ('name1','surname1'), ('name2','surname2'), ('name3','surname3'), ...
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Sudo Cmnd_Alias Optional Arguments

I would like to allow a command to be run under sudo with or without arguements. For example, both of these should work: rm -f /etc/stuff rm /etc/stuff/item.txt To get this to work, I need this ...
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Word 2007 - Use of wildcards in fields

I need to create a field in Word 2007 that will display some text when the its file is not in the expected directory (a folder called "Release"). The drive mapping and top level folders may be ...
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lftp - mirror and wildcards

Is there anyway to use wildcards ("*") when using mirror command? I know there is a mget command, which is simply the same as get, but one can use wildcards with it. Is there something equivelant to ...
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bash is not deterministicly processing the asterisk wildcard

I accidentally added a user to my system without a home directory (I forgot to put the -d and -m flags in useradd). Rather than deleting the user and starting over I attempted to simply mkdir the home ...
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UWIN grep on windows, wildards failure

I have the UWIN unix tools, and I can't grep a whole dir full of files with *. grep term * gives grep: *: can not open [No such file or directory] whether in cmd.exe or powershell (I hate this ...
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Delete several directories with a common prefix at the command prompt

I want to delete several subdirectories of the same directory. The directories have "tmp" as the first three characters in their name. This is not working: C:\Documents and Settings\rajesh\Local ...
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Replacing superflous paragraph breaks with space using Word wildcards

I'm not very familiar with Word (2010 in this case) Wildcards language and hit a small obstacle. I have a file that underwent OCR and as a result has a lot of paragraph breaks mid-paragraph as it ...
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Word find/replace: add space to postal code with wildcards

Using the “Find and Replace” dialog in Microsoft Word 2003, I want to search a list of addresses for postal codes (Canadian) that do not have a space in them, e.g., M2N3X6 L4C2A9 K5G1S7 and put a ...
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Possible to display all files in the current dir with a filename that does not start with an even digit followed by any alphabetic letter?

I am attempting to answer this problem for a COSC class that focuses on Linux/Unix. I am using Linux with bash shell. I am new to Linux as of September. My instructor has this question in this ...
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Firefox bookmark with wildcard and keyword

In Firefox, how do I set up URL shortcuts that include a wildcard, %s? I have definitely set this up before on another computer. For example, if I wanted to view a Jira ticket, I would enter jira ...
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Multiple wildcards in excel filter

Can I use multiple wildcards when I'm filtering data on a specific column? I have a table (20K+ records) with dollar amounts and I need to find all that contain cents. I've tried &#9734.&#9734 ...
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Find and replace numbers in Excel?

I have a spreadsheet with @ 4000 cells containing a summation like (for example) =439+23+678+1. [Stock market data.] Each number in the formula could vary between 1 and 5 digits. I need to replace ...
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How to search Outlook Exchange Global Address List with Wildcards?

Our exchange GAL contains many group addresses, and it's hard to find a certain group contains for example "ABC". In the Contacts tab in outlook there is no option to search for a name that contains ...
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Using wildcard search/replace in Notepad++

Here's my problem: In a .txt file, I need to find and replace thousands of instances of syntax like this: (see (a053007djfgspwdf)) or (see (a053007djfgspwdf) and (a54134xsedgeg)) or (see ...
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Don't resolve DNS wildcards for a domain on local network

I've set up a local Mageia Linux server as a gateway, with local DHCP dhcpd and DNS bind9 servers. The DNS server is also used for a domain name domain.tld, which has a wildcard A/AAAA record. But I ...
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`locate` wildcard strange behavior - why?

locate "*.png" returns all files ending with .png, as expected. locate "test.*" doesn't return anything, but there are files named test in my system. locate "*test" returns all files ending with ...
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Word/VBA Find..Replace with wildcards and escape </>

I'd like to format (e.g. highlight) special words in a Word document via VBA. In general this works nicely, but in this casde I need to find something like <*> (words enclosed in "<" and ">" ...
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Microsoft Office Word 2010: How to “Find and Replace” an entire line using “regular expressions” (wildcards)?

I would like to "Find and Replace" entire lines in Microsoft Office Word 2010 which match some criteria. I tried to find the solution in the official documentation, but I didn't find the answer: ...
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Wildcards in Windows 8 search [duplicate]

I already read this question: Can I use wildcards in Windows 8 search? but it doesn't answer mine. It seems to me, that the wildcards (especially *) are not consistently working correctly. Assume I ...
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Windows-7 search for contents does not work with wildcards

With Windows 7, I try to run a search for a word or pattern in (mostly MS Word) files. Typing contents:NeedleInHaystack this works perfectly. But as soon as I include wildcards (e.g. ...
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KeePass wildcard in url

I started using Keepass yesterday and it's really useful however I cannot find a way to add wildcard into the url... I want one key being used on all url(s) that met the following rule: ...
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DD-WRT routers - How can I specify any/all IP address ranges?

I'm creating port forwarding rules on my DD-WRT router (shown below) and want to allow all (any) source networks access. My thought was to specify 0.0.0.0/32 but that is not working. How do I ...
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Is it possible to put a wildcard search into a parameter query in LibreOffice Base?

I am using Base in LibreOffice 4.0 (still using the HSQL that comes with Base but looking at moving to HSQL 2.2.8) and I would like to do a query that asks for parameter input like: SELECT * FROM ...
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Launch a shortcut using batch file

Here's the problem. I have a shortcut on roughly 260 computers located in the same folder as below; "c:\documents and settings\all users\desktop\Remote agent 1234.lnk" The only thing that changes ...
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Using wildcard to find (and delete) matching files on a Linux box

I want to delete a specific config file for Awstats for every user on the box. What is the best way to delete them, and possibly, in one line? All the files are under /home and have this structure: ...
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Search for a file with wildcards in the path using Windows command line

How can I search for files in the Windows command line, using wildcards like this? C:\Users\*\AppData\Local\*.txt
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How to use wildcards in a xargs-command?

I've got a directory with numbered files, e.g. 1_foo.txt 2_bar.asc 13_test.png, and want to move them into individual directories (e.g. 1, 2 and 13) using as simple a bash command as possible. ...
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Bash wildcards repeated match

Can bash list with a repeated string? Lets say I wanted to match the files config_foo_foo.txt config_bar_bar.txt but NOT config_foo_bar.txt something like ls -l config_*_*.txt matches all ...
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icacls batch file multiple directories with wildcards help needed

I have written the following batch file that does a great job combing through all folders beginning with the number 3 and applying folder permissions to any 2010 subfolder. Example of the batch ...
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Excluding preceding characters from a “Find”

I'm attempting to automatically format portions of a significantly sized document. For one, I'm attempting to apply Heading 1 to all headings in the format of: 1.1 Heading 1 and Heading 2 to: ...
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Is there any way to get the windows cmd shell to expand wildcard paths?

Occasionally, the cmd shell's inability to expand wildcard paths can really be an inconvenience. I had to pass 100 files in a directory to a program, and couldn't type *.ext. Instead, I used mingw's ...
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How do I replace all WOrds with FAlse SEcond LEtter Capitalization in lots of Word documents?

I need to mass-correct large amounts of documents in German. I need to handle several hundred pages of text. I have written a macro to do mass find-and-replace operations on common spelling mistakes. ...
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DEL *1.* deletes all files in folder

I'm trying to delete all files that end with the number one, but for some reason it is deleting all of the files in the folder. The command I'm using is DEL *1.* It works when I use a letter like ...
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Wildcard for Chrome search? [duplicate]

I want to search for a word on a page. I know the first letter is a P the last letter is a L and there are 4 letters in-between them. How can I search for this word?
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WinSCP putting multiple files on SFTP site

With WinSCP 5.2 I wanted to put multiple files with a file extension .pgp on an SFTP site. When I tested my original command line (see below) and it only placed the first *.pgp alphabetical file ...
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Use of wildcards to replace

I have a text and I need to change every number like NN.NN to NN.NN00. Ex. 23.43 to 23.4300 How can I do that using word
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How to create a fourth level wildcard subdomain DNS record ?

I would like to create subdomain tag.example.com and then fourth level wildcard subdomain DNS record over that one. I mean *.tag.example.com Is this possible ? and if so how ?
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Why do wildcards behave differently for different drives?

I'm using a Windows XP SP3 machine. My Z: drive is a mapped drive to a UNIX box. There is a file called wk1_dailybackup_20110605043344.sql in both z:\archive and c:\archive. At my CMD prompt from ...
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How to tar files with no extensions?

I have some directories with a varying numbers of files and subdirectories. All files that have no extensions have to be tared. Their names may change, thus they can not be hardcoded. Subdirectories ...
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Find/Replace Paragraph End (^13) in Microsoft Word 2007 Merges Paragraphs

I need to replace a target at the beginning of lines with something else. Without wildcards, I can say to replace "^pTarget" with "^pReplacement". With wildcards enabled, I use replace "^13Target" ...
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Replacing wildcard characters like ? in Excel

Was is das? I try to replace the ? symbol to the ! symbol in Excel (2010)... and this changes all the chars to !??? I try to make a conditionnal formatting for cells that contains ? but it applyes ...
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MS Word 2010 Find/Replace Wildcards

I have a long list of name with addresses and phone numbers in this format: Barn Jeffery 123 Sunny Ln. Pulaski ,315-555-5555 Sarah 456 Bull Blvd. Memphis ,256-555-5555 Tara C. 7894 Pringle St. Clw. ...
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Start a program based on a wildcard in a Batch Script

I'm creating a setup script for a program developed by someone else. Their installer won't install over an existing version, so I need to uninstall any previous installations. The uninstaller is ...