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Short:Gives wildcard support to commands
Author:Chris Young
Uploader:chris unsatisfactorysoftware co uk (Chris Young)
Type:util/batch
Version:1.0
Architecture:generic
Date:2010-02-07
Download:http://aminet.net/util/batch/cowpat.lha - View contents
Readme:http://aminet.net/util/batch/cowpat.readme
Downloads:1139
This ARexx script gives wildcard support to commands which don't
support wildcards.  It is similar to SPat, however SPat works by
expanding the wildcards and calling the command multile times.
Cowpat expands the wildcard and submits it as a list of files
on a single command line.

There are two variations - cowpat.rexx and cowpat2.rexx.  The only
difference is that cowpat2 will put the arguments before the
filenames.

Example:
cowpat.rexx gifsicle #?.gif >output.gif

Often ported commands need switches before all the filenames.  In
this case, use cowpat2:

cowpat2.rexx gifsicle #?.gif -l >output.gif

Be a bit careful - you may find the output filename needs to be the
last on the line.  In this case, use cowpat.rexx as cowpat2.rexx
re-arranges the arguments and the last filename will be an existing
one.

INSTALLATION
============

Copy cowpat.rexx and cowpat2.rexx to somewhere in your path (probably
REXX:)

KNOWN BUGS
==========

Commands or patterns with spaces in them won't work.  ARexx's command
line parsing is a bit rubbish so I couldn't get this to work without
breaking the usual case.  You can add '"' between the variable names
on the parse arg line, and enclose everything in quotes when calling
Cowpat if you need to specify spaces.

DISCLAIMER
==========

I will not accept responsibility for any damage, loss of data either
directly or indirectly caused by use of this script ("cowpat.rexx" and
"cowpat2.rexx").  All use is at your own risk.


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Contents of util/batch/cowpat.lha
 PERMSSN    UID  GID    PACKED    SIZE  RATIO METHOD CRC     STAMP          NAME
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[generic]                  857    1686  50.8% -lh5- 09a8 Feb  7 10:42 Cowpat/cowpat.readme
[generic]                  313     595  52.6% -lh5- 6ecf Feb  7 00:21 Cowpat/cowpat.rexx
[generic]                  338     654  51.7% -lh5- 058f Feb  7 00:22 Cowpat/cowpat2.rexx
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 Total         3 files    1508    2935  51.4%            Feb  7 19:25

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