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Date: Thu, 12 Jan 2017 14:31:20 +0100
From: Julien Ramseier <>
Subject: About GLOB_PERIOD behavior

The GNU glob(3) GLOB_PERIOD extension seems to be broken in both glibc and musl.

glibc documents GLOB_PERIOD as "leading dots can be matched by metachars".
However in its current implementation, GLOB_PERIOD is only applied to the last
path component. Given the following file tree:
glob("*/*/*", GLOB_PERIOD) will only match:

I don't know if this is intended...
It's also questionable whether GLOB_PERIOD should allow the special dot dirs
'.' and '..' to be matched.

In musl, GLOB_PERIOD affects each path component. But when '.' or '..' are
matched and the end of the pattern is not yet reached, it will start recursing
into these and produce totally wrong results. (Use the attached test script if
it's unclear).

I think we should either:
	- patch musl to behave like glibc
	- remove GLOB_PERIOD altogether

OpenBSD, FreeBSD and MacOSX don't implement GLOB_PERIOD.
NetBSD does but in the same broken way as musl, and also adds a GLOB_NO_DOTDIRS
extension to exclude '.' and '..'

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