Avoiding pattern expansion in bash?
This might be a little off topic but here it goes anyway.
I am writing a bash script that takes as input a file expression such as
"/etc/lilo.conf" or "/boot/config*" etc. I want to keep those strings as
they are (including the *) and echo them to a file. How do I prevent bash
from doing its pattern expansion where it turns /boot/config* into a list
of files that match the expression.
If I use echo "$1" it becomes the first file that matches the
expression /boot/config*. If I use echo "$*" it becomes a space separated
list of all the files that match the expression. I want none of this.