Feature #7360

Adding Pathname#glob

Added by aef (Alexander E. Fischer) over 4 years ago. Updated 3 months ago.

Target version:


Currently there is only a Pathname.glob method, which allows you to find Pathname objects by a pattern including wildcard characters like '*'.

I would like to be able to use this relative to a current Pathname.

some_directory ='some_directory')
Pathname.glob(some_directory + 'a*') # all children starting with "a"

could then simply be:

some_directory.glob('a*') # all children starting with "a"

If you like the idea, please let me know. I will provide a patch then.

19c4ae36aaea65b30e8b73c89f7ac42bd6905ed7.patch View (2.84 KB) til (Tilmann Singer), 09/26/2015 04:51 PM

Related issues

Related to Ruby trunk - Feature #7378: Adding Pathname#write Closed 06/02/2012
Blocked by Ruby trunk - Feature #13056: base option to Dir.glob Open


#1 [ruby-core:49953] Updated by mame (Yusuke Endoh) over 4 years ago

  • Status changed from Open to Assigned
  • Target version set to next minor
  • Assignee set to akr (Akira Tanaka)

#2 Updated by til (Tilmann Singer) over 1 year ago

Here is a patch that adds the functionality as outlined by Alexander. It's using "Pathname#join" to build the glob pattern, and then delegating to "Pathname.glob".

As described in the rdoc, it will accept a single string with a glob pattern, or an array of glob patterns.

The main use case is when you want to do something based relative to a current directory that is already available as Pathname, such as Rails.root in a Rails project. With this, you can say e.g.


to find all ruby files in the current project.

Link to the branch of my fork on GitHub:

#4 [ruby-core:77838] Updated by til (Tilmann Singer) 5 months ago

The patch still applies to latest trunk.

#5 [ruby-core:77974] Updated by akr (Akira Tanaka) 5 months ago

  • Status changed from Assigned to Feedback

It seems the proposed implementation treats the receiver as a glob pattern.

% ruby -rpathname -e '
class Pathname
  def glob(pattern, flags = 0, &b)
    Array(pattern).flat_map do |pat|
      self.class.glob(join(pat), flags, &b)
p Pathname("/b*").glob("i*") 
[#<Pathname:/boot/initrd.img-3.16.0-4-amd64>, #<Pathname:/bin/ip>]

I think it is not intentional.

#6 Updated by nobu (Nobuyoshi Nakada) 3 months ago

#7 [ruby-core:78784] Updated by shyouhei (Shyouhei Urabe) 3 months ago

We looked at this issue at today's developer meeting. As Akira already respond, the proposed patch has a problem. In order to reroute that we need to extend Dir.glob. Nobu opened a ticker for that. Once he finished that, we can resume this one.

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