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Re: Unreadable directories aren't included in glob expansion

[re-post to zsh-users. Sorry I read my MLs on gmane and always
forget that zsh-users and zsh-workers are cross-posted]

2020-01-09 15:51:41 +0000, Peter Stephenson:
> On Thu, 2020-01-09 at 15:41 +0000, Daniel Shahaf wrote:
> > Consider:
> > 
> > % mkdir foo
> > % mkdir -m 000 bar 
> > % echo */ 
> > foo/
> > % echo *(/)
> > bar foo
> > % 
> > 
> > Shouldn't the expansion of «*/» include «bar/»?
> Certainly, */ and *(/) have always been inconsistent and I don't know of
> any fundamental reason why that needs to be.

*/ in all shells also includes symlinks to directories. So if
only for that reason, it has to be different from *(/).

Now, zsh seems to be the only shell where */ excludes the
non-*searchable* (it does include the non-readable ones provided
you have search access).

It might make it the only  POSIX compliant shell as I have a
vague recollection it's meant to give the same result as */.,
but that could very  well be a bad recollection, and if that was
a POSIX requirement, that's probably one that should change.

IMO, */ should give the same list as *(-/) (with some /
appended), that is expand to the files that can be determined to
be of type "directory" after symlink resolution (determined from
the result of stat(), not lstat()) for consistency with other


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