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From Cliff Skolnick <>
Subject Re: Thoughts on userdir
Date Wed, 22 Nov 1995 05:51:01 GMT

I would suggest useing a/*/b to c/d/& .  There is a small
bit of UNIX history here in the fact that in the old days you could
express a password entry like:

foo:xxx:100:100:Foo Bar:/home/&:/bin/csh

and in the sun automounter (and AMD?) where:

*	/export/home/&

Where "&" was replaced with the wildcard.

On Tue, 21 Nov 1995, Alexei Kosut wrote:

> On Mon, 20 Nov 1995, Ben Laurie wrote:
> > Hmmm ... this also touches on a future aliasing module. I'd like to be able
> > to alias a/*/b to c/d/*, for instance, or even more general stuff. It would
> > be good if the notation for UserDir were compatible with the notation for
> > aliases.
> Good point. Hmm. But * implies wildcard matching, since that's what it's 
> used for in most of the Unix world, and indeed in your alias example. But 
> in userdir, it isn't really matching anything, it's replacing it with the 
> username... I'm not sure * is the right character to use here. So I guess 
> that's the question. What is the right character... hitting shift and my 
> number keys, I get !@#$%^&*(). I suppose one of them. Or maybe ~, since 
> that's usually associated with user's home directories. No, that could 
> get *really* confusing, now, couldn't it... Hmm.
> Any thoughts?
> --/ Alexei Kosut <> /--------/ Lefler on IRC
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