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The Term 'Expansion'?

Posted 31 December 2012 - 04:56 PM

I'm not sure where this should be posted as it can apply to any programming language as far as I can see.
I'm currently reading about Makefiles and there is a term used called 'Wildcard Expansion'. Also 'Link Library Expansion' etc. Any clues what is meant by expansion?

Here's a link to 'Wildcard Expansion' Wildcard Expansion. I'm really just trying to understand what 'Expansion' means?

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Re: The Term 'Expansion'?

Posted 31 December 2012 - 06:38 PM

When talking about wildcard expansion you must first understand what a wildcard does. For example what happens when you type "dir *.exe" in the command prompt? Answer the dir program will "list" the all the files that have the .exe extension. This is the expansion, the listing of all items that match.

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Re: The Term 'Expansion'?

Posted 01 January 2013 - 05:57 AM

Thanks, that explain it well.
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