Wildcards in switch strings

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  • #16826

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    I have got some trouble with the switch statement because I have to check log statements from a logfile.

    The statements could be for example:

    cvs [update aborted]: no such user XYZ
    cvs update: cannot open XYZ
    cvs update: No CVSROOT specified!

    but also...

    ? XYZ
    U XYZ
    M XYZ
    R XYZ

    In the real logfile XYZ is changed by a file- or directory name.

    I'm looking for a simple switch statement for checking the logfile string. My problem is the wildcard symbol "?" that is included in one logfile statement. When I use the -wildcard option for the last 4 examples are the same for powershell.

    Do you have any ideas for me?


  • #16830

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    If you need to match a literal ?, * or square bracket character in a wildcard string, place that character inside a set of square brackets:

    $strings = 'Whatever UXYZ Whatever', 'Whatever ?XYZ Whatever'
    switch -Wildcard ($strings)
        '*[?]XYZ*' { "Matched: '$_'" }
  • #16832

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    If the problem is, that the shell takes "?" as a wildcard, but you want it to be a literal "?", you can use the escape character, which is a bactick, just before the "?". Like this: `?
    This way, the shell wont treat "?" as awildcard.
    Is this what you mean?

  • #16849

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    Yes that is what I mean. Thanks for all the hints. I'll try it.

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