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In a folder with some files that have no extension (for example the hosts file in C:\Windows\System32\driversetc), FileListToArrayRec does not return the same thing than _FileListToArray if I use *.* as filter :

   _FileListToArray("C:\Windows\System32\driversetc", "*") : returns all files

   _FileListToArray("C:\Windows\System32\driversetc", "*.*") : returns all files

   _FileListToArrayRec("C:\Windows\System32\driversetc", "*") : returns all files

   _FileListToArrayRec("C:\Windows\System32\driversetc", "*.*") : returns only files with extensions

It seems logic that FileListToArrayRec and FileListToArray should have the same behaviour with the same filter, no ?

It's not important at all for me, but maybe developers will want to ensure that these two functions react in the same way...

Edit : sorry if this post is not in the good section. Please move it if needed.

Edited by jguinch

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You know, we have a bug tracker for these types of issues?

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This has been discussed before and is the result of _FileListToArray passing the filter directly to Windows to search for the files while _FileListToArrayRec looks through all files and uses a RegEx to extract those that match the filter. Hence the discrepancy when the filter for the latter function holds a "." - the Regex will only match a name which includes a "." while Windows is far less fussy. :)

As explained in the linked thread, we see this as a Windows "feature/bug" rather then an AutoIt problem - and we certainly have no intention of changing the behaviour of either function. I added some remarks to the Help file explaining the difference between the 2 functions - did you read them? ;)

I will be closing the bug report - please use this thread if you wish to discuss it further. :)


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Thanks Melba for these informations. I did not find this topic you linked before now, sorry.

I dead read the help page, but didn't understand about the difference o:)

So no problem for me, good answer. :thumbsup:

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