Sunday 4 September 2022

zsh: no matches found

"zsh: no matches found" typically occurs in the Zsh shell when you use wildcard characters (such as *, ?, or []) in a command, and there are no files or directories that match the specified pattern in the current directory.

Here are a few common scenarios where you might encounter this error:
Using a command with a wildcard pattern that doesn't match any files:
$ ls *.xyz
zsh: no matches found: *.xyz

In this example, Zsh couldn't find any files in the current directory with the ".xyz" extension.
Using a command with a wildcard pattern, but the pattern itself doesn't match anything:

$ echo [a-z]
zsh: no matches found: [a-z]

If there are no lowercase letters in the current directory, the [a-z] pattern won't match anything.

To resolve this issue, you can do the following:

1.Double-check your command or wildcard pattern to ensure it matches existing files or directories in the current directory.
2.Use proper escaping or quoting if necessary. For example, if you want to list files with a literal asterisk in their names, you can use single or double quotes to prevent globbing:

$ ls '*.*'

If you want to use a wildcard pattern to match files in subdirectories as well, consider enabling the globstar option in Zsh:

$ setopt globstar
$ ls **/*.txt

The ** pattern will match files in subdirectories.

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