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XPath Filename Expansion in a Unix Shell

  • Kaspar Giger, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  • Erik Wilde, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

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Locating files based on file system structure, file properties, and maybe even file contents is a core task of the user interface of operating systems. By adapting XPath's power to the environment of a Unix shell, it is possible to greatly increase the expressive power of the command line language. We present a concept for integrating an XPath view of the file system into a shell, which can be used to find files based on file attributes and contents in a very flexible way. The syntax of the command line language is backwards compatible with traditional shells, and the new XPath-based expressions can be easily mastered with a little bit of XPath knowledge.

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Giger, K. and Wilde, E. 2006. XPath filename expansion in a Unix shell. In Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on World Wide Web (Edinburgh, Scotland, May 23 - 26, 2006). WWW '06. ACM Press, New York, NY, 863-864.
DOI= http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/1135777.1135916

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