grep

I have this as my file (myfile) contents
myfile
====
aaaa
bbbb
cccc
dddd

Then i do this
  grep "*a" myfile
but then i still get all the lines! I wished to get the first line only.

How can that be?
cutie2000Asked:
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cutie2000Author Commented:
a good tutorial on grep regular expressions would be good.
sunnycoderCommented:
Hi cutie2000,

in grep regex * means 0 or more instances ... thus everything qualifies....
read grep man page... the regex in grep are slightly different from shell regex

to get only first line, use
grep aaaa myfile   :D

Cheers!
Sunny:o)
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cutie2000Author Commented:
then wouldn't * be useless since it does not perform any grep?
sunnycoderCommented:
no... it has its own use, how it behaves depends on how you use ;o) ...I suggest you look at the man page and tutorial carefully ... here is an example from the tutorial

Examples: Wildcards
The File for These Examples
>cat file
big
bad bug
bag
bigger
boogy

 Wildcards #1
>grep "b.*g" file
big
bad bug
bag
bigger
boogy

 Wildcards #2
>grep "b.*g." file
bigger
boogy

 Wildcards #3
>grep "ggg*" file
bigger

 

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