I was just trying to list files in the current directory with a certain pattern, but it doesn't work with hidden files. How can I match all the files?

I tried

ls *foo*


ls -a *foo*

Not finding anything in Google, the keywords I can think of to search for this lead to a lot of unrelated informations...


Enable globbing for hidden files:

shopt -s dotglob
ls *foo*


shopt -u dotglob

Show globbing status:

shopt dotglob
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    For me, 'shopt dotglob' shows the current value, but 'shopt -p dotglob' doesn't (using bash on Mac OS X). – Henrik Warne Mar 13 '15 at 11:38

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