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fnmatch

Match filename against a pattern (PHP 4 >= 4.3.0, PHP 5)
bool fnmatch ( string pattern, string string [, int flags] )

fnmatch() checks if the passed string would match the given shell wildcard pattern.

Parameters

pattern

The shell wildcard pattern.

string

The tested string. This function is especially useful for filenames, but may also be used on regular strings.

The average user may be used to shell patterns or at least in their simplest form to '?' and '*' wildcards so using fnmatch() instead of ereg() or preg_match() for frontend search expression input may be way more convenient for non-programming users.

flags

See the Unix manpage on fnmatch(3) for flag names (as long as they are not documented here).

Return Values

Returns TRUE if there is a match, FALSE otherwise.

Examples

Example 639. Checking a color name against a shell wildcard pattern

<?php
if (fnmatch("*gr[ae]y", $color)) {
 echo
"some form of gray ...";
}
?>


Notes

Warning:

For now this function is not available on Windows or other non-POSIX compliant systems.