Sun Java System Web Server 6.1 SP11 Administrator's Guide

Wildcards Used in the Resource Picker

In many parts of the server configuration, you specify wildcard patterns to represent one or more items to configure. Please note that the wildcards for access control may be different from those discussed in this section.

Wildcard patterns use special characters. If you want to use one of these characters without the special meaning, precede it with a backslash (\) character.

Wildcard patterns are applied on the directory path and not just on the filename. A wildcard pattern is therefore applicable to files in a particular directory only. For example, to add files to a directory /tmp, you could specify the wildcard pattern tmp/*.html. To add index.html from all subdirectories, the pattern would be */index.html.

Table 1–1 Resource Picker wildcard patterns




Match zero or more characters. 


Match exactly one occurrence of any character. 


An or expression. The substrings used with this operator can contain other special characters such as * or $. The substrings must be enclosed in parentheses, for example, (a|b|c), but the parentheses cannot be nested.


Match the end of the string. This is useful in or expressions. 


Match one occurrence of the characters a, b, or c. Within these expressions, the only character that needs to be treated as a special character is ]; all others are not special.


Match one occurrence of a character between a and z. 


Match any character except a or z. 


This expression, followed by another expression, removes any pattern matching the second expression. 

Table 1–2 Resource Picker wildcard examples




Matches any string ending with the characters


Matches either or


Matches a numeric string starting with either 198.93.92 or 198.93.93 and ending with any 3 characters. 


Matches any string with a period in it. 


Matches any string except those starting with sun-. 


Matches any host from domain except for a single host


Matches any host from domain except for hosts,, and


Matches any host from domain com except for hosts from subdomain