wildcards in DOS

I typed the following command (for the Asend program) to download some files to a remote computer. I got a very different result than I expected. What I want to know is why the wildcard did not function the way it looks like it should:

\any\asend c:\*stat.db from remote

The result was that *every* .db file was downloaded! Not just the ones that ended in "stat". What happened?!

Clara
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rmarottaConnect With a Mentor Commented:
clara
Try to use: c:\????stat.db instead.
Hope this helps,
Ralph

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rmarottaCommented:
The * wild card gives every instance of files with the .db extension in this case.
The ? is a placeholder for any character taking up that position in the filename.
regards

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claraAuthor Commented:
Doesn't  *  mean "no characters, one character, or more than one character"?
And how can "stat" just be ignored?

-C
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bigelosCommented:
Clara,

* means ignore characters following the * (until the .)

i.e. *any.db = *.db
but any*.db doesn't equal *.db

Use the ??? instead, as proposed in the answer
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claraAuthor Commented:
Ok, thank you for that. I wasn't aware that * functioned that way.

So any*.db would include anyfile.db and anylist.db?
And
Suppose I wanted to include:
daystat.db
nitestat.db
pgstat.db
all in one command? I see why *stat.db doesn't work. What would?
It doesn't seem like ????stat.db would include all three files.

-C
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rmarottaCommented:
try it!
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rmarottaCommented:
clara,
If all filenames have eight characters, no problem with the ???? before stat.  You may have to run several passes to get all the files  if there are different size filenames. (???, ??, or ? before stat.)
regards,
Ralph
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