[TUHS] origin of the name 'glob'

Arthur Krewat krewat at kilonet.net
Sun Jul 9 23:12:40 AEST 2017

TOPS-10 came out as "MONITOR" in 1967, and while I'm not sure it started 
out with * and ?, it definitely had it early on.

Not saying TOPS-10 was the originator of *, but it was certainly around 
in at least one other operating system.

On 7/9/2017 8:26 AM, Doug McIlroy wrote:
> I believe the simple * was borrowed from somewhere else. If the g command
> had been the driving model, glob would probably have had ? and ?*, not
> ? and *. (It couldn't use ed's . because . was ubiquitous in file names.)

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