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Need a Unix routine to list files by wildcards (*file*)

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If I execute under Unix an application (let's say written in C) and pass something like *.pat in on the command line then the argv's I actually see in the C program are already parsed into the individual files.  Is there a stand-alone system command that does this, maybe something I could call from within the C program?
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What you are describing is shell globbing, ie:  the shell is expanding any of the patterns *before* it is parsed to the program.
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I understand.  The question is whether the function which does the expansion can be called separately.
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man 3 glob
man 3 globfree

Depending on what Unix flavour you have, you may need to adjust the man section.  

Do a

man -k glob

if you have no luck with the above.
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