regex match a file in an URL for Redirection WP plugin

In the Wordpress Redirection plugin, I'm trying to match page hits for


to simply redirect to a 404.

what's the regex equivalent of the simple * wildcard?
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Terry WoodsIT GuruCommented:
Use .* to match any number of any character, including zero.
If you want to match an actual . character, use \. or [.]
Terry WoodsIT GuruCommented:
If you want to exclude sub-folders of /wp-content/blogs.dir/2/files/themer/folder-uploads/
then instead of using .* a better wildcard would be [^/]* like this:

The syntax works like this:
[abc] means match exactly one character, either a or b or c
[^abc] means match exactly one character that's not a or b or c
the * after it means match any number of the previous character, including zero
+ is like *, except it means match one or more of the previous character

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