My first Bash script : trouble with *

From: Vincent Schmid (mightberead_at_econophone.ch)
Date: 04/12/05


Date: Tue, 12 Apr 2005 22:35:39 +0200

Hello,

Trying to write my first script with bash, I have declared a variable
which holds a path :

declare -r SOURCE_PATH=/home/source

Now, I want to know wether /home/source is empty or not. It seems that
something like test -e /home/source/* would work...

In order to concatenate /* to my path, I declare a variable ANY_FILE
like this :

declare ANY_FILE='/*'

ANY_FILE=$SOURCE_PATH$ANY_FILE

Now I test the result :

echo $ANY_FILE

To my surprise, this last line gives the list of the files which are in
/home/source ! I have tried many things to get this "*" to work
correctly with no sucess.

Some help would be appreciated,
Sincerely,
Vincent