test -e cannot distinguish between foo and foo.exe

Volker Quetschke quetschke@scytek.de
Mon Dec 19 15:11:00 GMT 2005


I noticed the following behaviour: (found by my favorite testcase ;) )

$ rm -rf foo* ; touch foo.exe

$ test -e foo && echo found foo
found foo

$ test -e foo.exe && echo found foo.exe
found foo.exe

Hmm, how can I test if foo exists without also looking at foo.exe?
Does this count as a bug in test?

My current workaround is

$ find . -maxdepth 1 -name foo -exec echo _XfoundX_ \; | grep _XfoundX_ >
/dev/null && echo found foo

but that is a bit ugly.

Regards

     Volker

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